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How to Stay True to Your Convictions

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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4 Comments

  1. thetruth

    Posted by thetruth on October 14, 2014 at 10:40

    Or heres a much more legit option. Figure out while most people don’t beleive. All the rules from a book written years ago is ridiculous. Make your own decisions.

  2. nursekat

    Posted by nursekat on September 18, 2014 at 17:11

    This is such a great article. Many of us are tempted to sin on a daily basis and we need to stay true to our convictions and what we know is right and wrong! It is also very important that we KNOW why we believe what we believe!

  3. jordynwebb23

    Posted by jordynwebb23 on September 18, 2014 at 16:19

    This is a great article for those who do have convictions. But for me personally, I don’t have any convictions. I do however have things that I’ve chosen to do for example, I’m staying pure until I’m married and also saving my first kiss for my wedding day and court instead of date. That doesn’t mean that I think having convictions is wrong, I just think that they weigh people down and it’s hard for them to fully grasps being truly free because u have Christ really is. Cause even though you have Christ and know you’re free, having convictions and a lot of rules really makes it hard to realize that with Christ you are truly free. God is NOT waiting for us to mess up so he can strike us down and you also can never lose your faith. I think that convictions were only meant to set us apart from non-believers not to weigh us down making us feel like that if we don’t stick to our convictions that God is disappointed in us or that we aren’t being “Christ-like”. I’m not saying you have to agree with me by any means but I just honestly believe that convictions aren’t necessary to being a believer.

  4. Publicpassion

    Posted by Publicpassion on September 16, 2014 at 20:47

    Well one thing that certainly helps is who I’m with. I surround myself not just with people who share my convictions, but also people who don’t agree, but respect my opinion. It’s your life, the best teaching you can do is to lead by example. If you don’t do certain things, but don’t rag on people who do, it will be easier for them to see your reasoning.