There are certain things God has told us are sins. We know that lying, stealing, murder, and worshiping anything else besides God are sins. But Scripture does not name every single time something is a sin. Because each of us has a uniquely personal relationship with God, there are things that might be harmful to one person but may not be for another. Drinking alcohol is not listed as a sin in Scripture. However, the Holy Spirit might convict one person to abstain from alcohol, while at the same time not convicting others to do so. To go against God’s will would be a sin. So, drinking could be a sin for one person while it might not be a sin for someone else.
Not everyone is convicted of the same things. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we each had a checklist to mark items in order to know we were being good? Instead, God desires for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him. This means there is not going to be a list that we can check off. God’s Word tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Each of us is known and loved by our Creator. When the Holy Spirit convicts us about something, or not do something, it is for our benefit because the Creator of the universe loves us.
In Christ-centered recovery, we want to make sure we are not being a stumbling block to others. We would never invite someone over to our home who is struggling with food addiction to serve them a buffet of desserts. We are being a stumbling block if we know a person’s weakness and prey on that weakness. While each of us may have different struggles, we are to lift each other up and not place judgment on one another. We are to serve and love one another without being an obstacle to each other’s recoveries. The Holy Spirit convicts each of us by compelling us to move away from sin, towards Christ and the plans He has for us.
Written by Jackell.