Holding Fast to Our Convictions
It’s easy to hold firm to our beliefs when we’re with like-minded people in church. But if we’re among people who doubt or disagree with Christianity, we need courage to stand up for the truth of God’s Word.
In these situations, we might be tempted to compromise our convictions out of fear, such as:
• Fear of Criticism. Believers standing up for God’s truth will likely get criticized by people who don’t share their beliefs.
• Fear of Rejection. If we live by our convictions or verbally share our faith, we may not be accepted by those who follow their own desires.
• Fear of Loss. Sometimes we don’t want to take a godly stand because we could lose our friends. But anyone who keeps us from obeying the Lord is not a true friend.
Sacrificing righteous standards in order to please others will keep us from the fullness of what God has planned for our life. It’s better to live for Christ and follow His commandments so we can glorify Him.
As God’s people, we hold on to our convictions, no matter the consequences. Pleasing Christ is our highest priority and well worth our standing firm for Him.
Bible in One Year: Exodus 22-24
From In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley