I didn't get much sleep last night. I guess I have some conviction in my heart.
Here is the issue-
I went out Friday night with a girlfriend from high school and a couple of girls she knows. This friend and I have remained great friends all these years and she invited me to a ladies night out.
We went to dinner, and here is where the conviction comes in. I had a couple of beers.
I know the Bible says-do not get drunk with wine. So I assume that a couple beers isn't that big of a deal. But, the conviction is there...am I being a good witness for Christ? Am I a hypocrite? Did I really do something wrong?
I have always felt that because I am of legal age to drink, then I am not breaking the law.
During my time with God this morning- this is the scripture that really got me to thinking about this: (It is of Paul speaking to believers everywhere)
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is by faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.--Philippians 3:7-9
It says- not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law but a righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
Because I am of legal age I was obeying the law-but maybe not the law of righteousness that God calls me to.
The study portion of my Bible on these verses says this-we have to make sacrifices in order to fully enjoy the resurrection power of Christ. What are we willing to give up in order to know Christ? An overcrowded schedule in order to spend quiet time with him? Some of your plans or pleasures? Your friends approval?
I am still struggling with this a bit. I know there is conviction in my heart, but did I really do something wrong?
I have already gone to God for the answers I am seeking on this issue. I know that he is my guide.
I am curious if anyone else deals or has dealt with this issue in their heart.