Romans 14:23 - "And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin."
This passage contains an often ignored spiritual principle. Though we no longer face issues of eating meat sacrificed to idols, we do face a number of issues that can violate conscience. According to Scripture, if you do anything without a firm conviction it is God's perfect will, you are committing sin. Still another way to say it is: "If you're involved in something about which you have a nagging lack of peace, you are in sin." Indeed, a crucial phrase in the great Welsh revival was, "Brother or sister, are there any controversies between you and God?"
Frequently, we rationalize and labor to convince ourselves something is all right with God. Yet, if you don't have peace, deep down in your heart, you know you don't! Friend, if you ignore God's still small voice, you cannot walk in the fullness of His Spirit. When you resist God's Spirit, you enthrone your flesh, and begin to operate in your own human strength, rather than Christ's supernatural power. This is precisely why many believers are spiritually tired and lack vibrant joy. No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot live a victorious Christian life on flesh power! (Romans 7:18)
Questions for Reflection: Is there something in your life about which you have to constantly work to convince yourself it's right? Is there something about which you know you don't have peace, yet you still haven't made any changes?
Do you lack perfect peace about the amount of time and energy you are giving to work or recreation? To financial gain? To personal appearance? To the opinions of others? Though these things are not technically wrong, you sense your level of emphasis is wrong.
What is God bringing to your mind right now? In your heart, you know exactly what it is! Come clean with God and stop trying to rationalize His voice away. Please stop trying to convince yourself something is right when you know it isn't. Embrace the cross and die to yourself. Until you do, you cannot know God's full blessing. Yet when you do, you will discover a freedom and victory you never dreamed possible!
Personal Reflection on Sins of Commission
In acknowledging, confessing and forsaking sins in which we have violated our conscience and the conscience of other, sins in which we have ignored God speaking to us, sins and sinful habits of the heart and mind that He is trying to expunge from our lives let us confidently claim the forgiveness and power the covenant Christ has made with us through His shed blood. We are fully accepted and justified in Him!