Commitment to the Truth
For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 NLT
Paul reminds the believers of when they first heard the message Paul was preaching. He reminds them “for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true.”
There was a conviction inside of them that they were hearing the truth. That conviction drove them to a life change. It was the same conviction that was driving Paul—a firm conviction that Jesus was the risen Son of God and Savior of the world. Paul was convinced that Jesus was the only way to a relationship with God and entrance to heaven.
Our convictions drive our actions and behavior. If we don’t have solid convictions, we can become prey to false teaching and even cults. I’ve known of educated people who grew up in a solid church but wound up in crazy cults. The thing that drew them was the close relationships and the strong convictions of the members. They were all convinced they had a corner on the market of truth. Someone with strong convictions attracts other people.
The truths of Jesus should motivate us to have very strong convictions of what is right and what is wrong. We should be motivated to love people. We should be full of love, joy, peace, and all the other fruit of the Spirit. We should never waiver in our commitment to the truth of the Bible.
Holy Spirit, help me know the truth of Your Word and be willing to stand firm on Your Word. Forgive me for being lazy in my convictions.
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