Opinion, Persuasion, Conviction

Re:Verse reading–Romans 8:18-39 (day five)

Within Evangelical Christian Orthodoxy there are all kinds of faith statements and personal points of view. Yet, we leave room to disagree in some cases(opinion), less room for others to disagree with our stronger beliefs and interpretations (persuasion), and no room for disagreement or wavering on certain points (conviction).

Paul makes a “conviction” statement in verse 38. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In your own faith and doctrinal beliefs, which points and issues fall into these categories? Paul certainly had many beliefs that he was unwilling to bend. What are your convictions (non-negotiables)? What hope, strength, and comfort come from them?

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