Ladies, everyone has certain convictions. These are beliefs that you hold true. Convictions set us apart from animals and play a fundamental role in molding our character. But let’s remember that personal convictions are not biblical truth, although they can certainly be founded upon it.
All Christians have established within themselves certain convictions that help them become more Christ-like. These relate to pretty much everything in our lives. And when a Christian conviction is set within a person, it’s pretty difficult to persuade them otherwise. I write “pretty difficult”—but not impossible. Sometimes we’re put in a situation that leads to temptation, thus testing our convictions, or worse, breaking us of them.
So, how do we stay true to our Christian convictions…especially in a world that seems to be lacking in them?
- Know your convictions. This probably sounds strange, but do you actually know what you believe in? We have our basic beliefs, those standard shoulds and should-nots, but what about the fuzzy parts in the middle? For example, if you’re pro-life, does that include contraception? If you stand for purity, does that include kissing? You see, it’s the stuff in the middle that causes the questions that leave the door open for debate. And when there’s debate, there’s room for testing.
- Know why they’re important to you. Your Christian convictions should be your own. Many people accept the convictions of their parents or peers. This is fine—if they’re as important to you as they are to them. If you don’t know why they’re important, then you won’t be inclined to remain loyal to them. Nor will you be able to argue for them when those who don’t share your convictions try to make you question them. You have to be devoted to your convictions. After all, they’re deep-seated beliefs.
- Make friends who have similar Christian convictions. Having friends who share your convictions helps you to strengthen yours. They also help you stay true to yours. And if you don’t, your friends help hold you accountable.
- Read your Bible. This should be a norm for all Christians, but isn’t. The Word is the main reason why we have our Christian convictions in the first place. The Bible is a great reminder of why we hold certain convictions so close to our hearts. And if we’re not loyal to them, the Bible reminds us of why we should be.
- Pray for strength. God is your strength. You’re all familiar, I’m sure, with 1 Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 2:18 and 1 Peter 5:8-11. God is our strength in everything. And in those moments of darkness and doubt, when we are vulnerable to Satan’s temptations, God is the only one who can strengthen and guide us.
Ladies, how do you stay true to your convictions?