OUR CONVICTIONS ARE JUST THAT – OURS

Has God convicted you on certain things in your life – certain things that He wants just you to do???

He has convicted us to homeschool our children, he led us to it and is definitely leading and guiding us as we carry this out.

Now we would say that all Christian families should homeschool, we see this as a biblical commandment, but it is not our job to tell or judge others for what they do or how they live.

Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

When we read the scriptures certain things can just jump out at you and scream, do this, this is what God wants for you.

Has God told you to follow the laws of the old testament? Has he led you to not eat pork or prawns?  Has He led you to wear head coverings or to worship on Saturday not Sunday?

That’s great if He has, but do you put your convictions onto others.

What if someone invited you for a meal and didn’t realise that you didn’t eat pork.  Would you make a fuss about it and refuse to eat the meal served to you? Or would you graciously accept the food placed in front of you.

My point is whatever God has convicted us of is our conviction.  It isn’t our conviction to put onto others.  It isn’t our job to judge and tell others how to live.

God touches each of us in different ways and we should accept these differences and allow others to live the way God wants them too.

We have close friends who don’t eat certain things and worship on a Saturday and I have been blessed about how they live these convictions and how they quietly go about their lives, honouring Gods plans for them.  Just being around them teaches me so much.

Eating pork or not eating pork isn’t a salvation issue.

Homeschooling or not homeschooling isn’t a salvation issue.

Wearing headcoverings or not isn’t a salvation issue.

Believing in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and being in a personal relationship with Him is a salvation issue.

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

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18 thoughts on “OUR CONVICTIONS ARE JUST THAT – OURS”

  1. AMEN!

    A conviction is something you’d die for. A dress, head cover, meat, etc isn’t something I’d die for. My salvation and not turning away from it if pushed–like if faced with death to convert or else–that is different and a conviction–something I’d die for.

    The rest are preferences.

  2. My conviction was also to homeschool. I truly believe God was leading us that way. After reading the Clarkson book, I believe there is no biblical precedent for school as it is now, and that children should be taught in the home by their family. Now I am just so confused and trying not to be bitter as it has all been taken away. At bedtime, my six year old and I tell stories. This was his tonight – ‘Once upon a time, about a year ago, you used to do homeschool with us. I wish we could do that again. The end.’ My heart nearly broke in two. Sorry to vent like this, but I know you will understand, and noone else does. Blessings to you all.

    1. I’m so sorry Jayne that it has to be this way with your family, I do understand. I am sorry that I have no answer or escape for you. I wish I could say to you your husband is wrong and was wrong to do what he did but I can’t. He is the head and leader of your family and just be assured that God knows what is going on, God knows what is in your heart and what your heart desires are. God is also in control of your whole family and all I can do is encourage you to trust in Him and I pray that God will give you peace over this situation and forgiveness in your heart. May God bless you as you serve your family. Please feel free to vent any time and I am praying for you and your family. Blessings

  3. Love this!

    When we lived in Colorado, we had a pastor that was very big on defining the differences between convictions, preferences, and mandates for salvation. I learned so much from him and this was a great reminder.

  4. Terrific point. I’m so glad you included the “…is not a salvation issue.” Too often so many disputes erupt out of individual conviction. It causes dissension and judgement within the Christian community. People get hung up on the “letter” rather than the “spirit” or make no allowances for stricter convictions as a result of deep personal experiences.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  5. What a great post! I agree, our convictions are our convictions and God talks to all of us separately, because we live in different situations, even when we are neighbors.
    Just one teeny tiny thing, would it be possible for you to have share buttons? I would really love to share this post in my tweeter but couldn’t find the button…

  6. So true! I love the way you encourage us to allow God to guide us without assuming it’s His plan for everyone. He lets us know through the Word if it’s something we all need to apply! Thanks so much for linking at CMB.

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