As we continually reflect the glory of the Lord, we are continually being transformed into the image of the one whose glory we are reflecting.Last night at TNBS, we discussed convictions. Several issues were raised.
- Convictions reside in the core of our person--our heart. Whether consciously or unconsciously, these convictions determine our actions and attitudes.
- Convictions can be hidden from our consciousness, with hints and clues revealed in our unguarded moments. We can tease out their nature by looking at the thinking, feeling, and doing that coincide with our knee-jerk reactions.
- Convictions cannot be changed by direct action. We cannot awake one day and decide to hold a different conviction.
- Convictions are integrally connected to our habits of mind-body-emotion. We have trained ourselves to behave according to our convictions and their related actions and attitudes.
- Convictions are resistant to change; disciplined practice is required.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.Resources
Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard
The Lost Virtue of Happiness, J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler
Tag(s): spiritual formation