Yesterday, we started to ponder the need for conviction from the Scriptures if we are to put sin to death. Today, we will consider another quote from Chapter 9 (“Putting Sin to Death”) of Jerry Bridges’s book The Pursuit of Holiness. Here Bridges shares his formula, borrowed from one of his friends, for developing conviction in areas not clearly addressed in Scripture.
- “‘Everything is permissible for me’—but not everything is beneficial” (1 Corinthians 6:12). Question 1: Is it helpful—physically, spiritually, and mentally?
- “‘Everything is permissible for me’—but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12). Question 2: Does it bring me under its power?
- “Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall” (1 Corinthians 8:13). Question 3: Does it hurt others?
- “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Question 4: Does it glorify God? (p.88, 1996 edition)
These have been helpful guidelines for me to consider; do you find them helpful? Are there ways that you develop conviction from the Scriptures that you’d like to share?
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