"So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. (23) But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin."
Have you ever had to take a stand against a barrage of opposing opinions in order to be true to Christ? Or has a group of friends or coworkers ever wanted to cut corners or participate in a sinful activity - and you were the only one saying no? When the godly voice is outnumbered, it can be challenging to speak up for righteousness.
We all have convictions that define who we are and determine our lifestyle and choices. We make like to think that these are a private matter, but in reality, they are constantly on display for all to see. That's because we live them out each day without words and actions.
Since convictions have a powerful influence, we should examine what our are saying about us. Are they leading us to a righteous life in accordance with God's will, or are they so weak that our life is dominated by the old fleshly nature?
God has given us principles from His Word to guide, perfect, and help us lead godly lives. These standards are like guardrails that keep us from veering off track when temptations beckon. By holding firmly to these convictions, we follow a path that fits our identity in Christ. Instead of going along with the crowd, we're to walk in God's will and abstain from the sins that surround us in the world.
The time to establish our convictions is before we face temptations, not in the midst of them. We need solid, immovable biblical principles to shape what we believe and how we live.