Happy Sunday friends and family! No clever title this time, I think this speaks volumes for itself. I did however find a picture of myself that I thought best conveyed the theme of conviction, how I don't know – just go with it. I got the idea to write about conviction after asking myself "why don't I feel bad about this?". I won't elaborate too much about what I didn't feel bad about doing, nothing illegal or harmful to myself or others. Just something silly. I know this is something you've experienced before.
You see a dollar on your 11 year old brothers counter and your pocket itches.
You judge the way someone's outfit looks on them.
You tell your friend your mom said 'no' to going out, but really it was you.
When you can do these small things without feeling a little bad, or responding with a shrug and an "I don't care", that's when you should worry.
Conviction: a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law.
Emphasis on formal declaration. My favorite characteristic in a person is one who can own up to their strengths and even their opportunities. That's not just a glorified way of saying "weaknesses". It's no secret we are all weak, with God's guidance we see what we can and need work on – things He wants us to work on.
Acts 2:37-38 says this "Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Brethren, what shall we do?' Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.' "
The best thing about the Bible is that we all have different interpretations and we gather different meanings from it depending on where we are in our lives. What this said to me was recognize when you've done wrong and actively seek assistance from friends, family, and most importantly the Lord. Now, this doesn't mean sin, sin, sin then ask for forgiveness on Sunday when we go to church. It's obviously difficult to live by the laws even created here on earth for us, it's a greater challenge to live the way God wants for us to live as well.
Surround yourself with people who are also taking the time to know the word and seek the glory God has for us. These are the people who will challenge you the most and enlighten your perspectives on more things than you know. I'm thankful for my walk with God so far. It feels great to compare how I used to be to how I am now. I know I'm not perfect yet, there is still room for growth and working on my opportunities. Feeling convicted is one of the ways I have been able to grow with Christ. People learn in different ways, and I'm an experiential learner. I like to say "been there, done that". With that being said, I realize this post was kind of all over the place but I was speaking from the heart. So, let me know what you gathered from the verse I posted above, and I'll leave you with Psalm 51 3:4 "For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge."