Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Confession

I have a confession.
It's taken me a couple of days to get this right...I am still not sure if it is...but here goes....

I have something on my heart that I've got to get out. Most of my regular readers or those who follow along on facebook or instagram have noticed my study on Wife After God. I told you all that it was going to change my life & any encounter with the holy spirit cannot leave a heart unchanged!

Yesterday around noon I shot a text to one of my best friends & my mom (of course) about something that popped into my mind: Were my occasional posts about wine on instagram conflicting with my faith? Both my friend & mom are strong Christian women who I trust with godly counsel and their opinions. They expressed their views & I began praying about the situation as well. However right before dinner, another friend posted this article called, "A Caution For Every Christian That Drinks Alcohol." I was floored. She might as well said, "Here's to looking at you Jen!" (although she probably had no idea this was on my mind..God works that way)

I do not believe that drinking alcohol is sinful.
I DO believe that excess...of anything...IS a sin.
Excess of food...gluttony
Excess of money...greed
Excess of alcohol....drukeness

The issue of alcohol has become a huge heart issue of mine. I believe that a simple glass of wine with my husband is romantic, a wine tasting is fun, & getting the girls together for a mimosa is a celebration. The controversy is not over the alcohol, it's over the flaunting it on social media.

As a christian, I have been saved by the grace of Jesus Christ on the cross. I no longer live by the law, but a freedom that comes from the cross. It's because I want to honor God with my life that I choose to (or not to) make certain decisions. Here's the confession part....my decision to post "wineo" pictures on my Instagram is not encouraging to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 8:9-12 says: But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge of eating in an idol's temple will he not be encouraged, if his conscious is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.

The intent of this post is not to callout anyone other than myself. It's not to condemn someone for their posts or judge those who drink. Because I have done both. I just wanted to throw it out there that, while I will still enjoy my glass of wine, I will not be posting about it on social media.

Frankly my dear...I am thankful for forgiveness!

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6 comments :

  1. I saw this article yesterday, and have had this is a conversation with family before. I use to work with both addicts and alcoholics so it's an topic that's pretty near to my heart. Through prayer and self examination I've worked it out in my head and my heart, but I think that's different for everyone. Props to you for being able to express what God has placed on your heart.

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  2. I so appreciate your honesty. This is a topic I have thought about as well. Thank you for sharing what God is revealing to you!

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  3. You have such a good heart, my dear! And good for you for sharing the things that have been on your mind! I honestly don't know that I could be so strong! Hugs! xo

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  4. This is so wonderful! Your honesty is blessing others in ways you have no idea! God is so good to deal with our hearts on issues. He is a good and loving God! Good for you!

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  5. You handled a sensitive topic with such grace and gentleness! A great glimpse into your heart for the Lord and for others. So happy to have stumbled upon your blog, dear :)

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    1. Thank you SO much for your comment! Your words are so encouraging & I am SO glad to have you here! Hope you're having a great week & can't wait to learn more about you too!

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