Thursday, November 7, 2013

Truth, Convictions or Opinions - Which is it?

I don't know about you, but I can be very opinionated at times.  There have been so many controversial issues lately and most of us have opinions on many of them.  But, I've been thinking - are my "opinions" just that or are they convictions.  Opinions don't really matter, but TRUTH does and convictions do.

Have we become so numb (callous) to what sin really is?  Have we let the world influence what we believe to the point of questioning what we believe to be a sin?  Do we search for the truth?  Do we have any real convictions anymore or do we only have our opinions?

God's Word is TRUTH.  We can't change it to suit ourselves.  Our opinions aren't really worth much but God's Word is priceless.  In 1 Peter 1:24-25, we find these words:  "For all men are like grass; and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord stands forever." (NIV)  I think our opinions are much like the grass!

God's Word is eternal.  It stands firm.  It doesn't change so let's read it and believe it as it stands.  If the Word says adultery is a sin, then it's a sin.  The same goes for greed, homosexuality, slander, idolatry (this one gets us all whether we realize it or not), drunkenness, etc.

Sin is falling short of God's standards.  We are all sinners - some of us are saved sinners by the grace of God (of which I am one) - but we are all sinners.  Okay, saved sinners (also known as Christians), let's call a spade a spade (or a sin a sin) and trust that God forgives those who have repentant hearts.  Let's stick to the TRUTH of God's Word and let it convict us.


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