Conviction runs on two different tracks. It may mean that a person has been found guilty of some infraction or rule; but it may also mean that one is convinced of the truth of some matter, that he has faith.
In either case, it is an important consideration. We should all feel conviction when we do something wrong. Actually, that’s one of the functions of the conscience, to bring us a guilty verdict when we do something we know to be wrong. That ability should be carefully guarded so that we don’t eventually harden the conscience, thereby losing the conviction that keeps us from doing wrong.
On the other track, conviction is faith, and faith is necessary for staying on course. There must be a firm confidence in where we’re going if we are to remain true to our convictions. One way to do that is to stay faithfully focused on the goal.
Conviction. It deputizes the conscience and all the while, keeps what is good in mind. [from Just A Minute by Dee Bowman]
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…. And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him” (Heb. 11:1, 6).
Is your conviction strong enough to keep you on the right way? Faith is directly tied to our reading, understanding and application of the word of God (Rom. 10:17). Therefore, I must have an ongoing relationship with the Bible. I need to spend time daily with the word.
“Oh how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep Your word” (Psalm 119:97-101).
To avoid eternal conviction, I must faithfully develop and maintain my godly conviction.