Jesus lived by Convictions and over and over again we see accounts in the Gospels on how they directed his conduct. These convictions based on Scripture helped him determine what he would and would not do. The Pharisees on the other hand did not operate by convictions rather they had their rule book. They took Scripture and then added rules to it. So when the Pharisees and Jesus come face to face on an issue they end up on opposite sides.
In one case it has to do with the Sabbath. Scripture is clear "Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy". The Israelite's would not work on the Sabbath and used it as a day of worship. Jesus (remember he is God) created the Sabbath Day by resting after Creation. Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath and all of a sudden the fight breaks out. We read the account in Luke 6. First they are mad at Jesus for picking some grain and eating it and then he heals someone. This really makes them upset. Why? Jesus lived according to convictions. It was right to heal and bring life on the Sabbath. The Pharisees only had rules which put them on the opposite side of Jesus.
I am afraid too often all we have are rules. We don't know why we do things but we have our rule books. We should be living by Convictions. Because our Convictions direct our conduct. Why do you wear what you wear? Why do you say certain words and not say other words? Why do you listen to certain music but not others? I would hope you would be able to talk about Convictions.
And by the way Convictions change sometimes culturally. In a recent conversation with Jill's Uncle - He has changed somethings he normally does because of the way those things are viewed in China. They might actually hurt his ability to share Christ with them. So he chooses to be more strict and take away some freedom for the cause of Christ. This is how you live by convictions.
I believe in our culture it is more important than ever to help the next generation honor God by developing convictions. I know God is wise because he did not give me a daughter. Honestly I don't think I could handle it and she would probably hate me. The clothes issue for girls is a major area which Convictions must be developed. New trends are coming all the time and how will you handle those. How do you help your daughters honor God with their bodies in modesty in a culture which tells them to wear less and less and show yourself off. It is a big issue. And your young ladies do not need a bunch of rules they need your help in developing convictions.
So let's move pass rules to convictions.
Jesus Follower, Husband, Father, and Pastor and trying to keep those in the right order....