8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
In honor of National Text Your Ex Day….
This post articulates exactly how I feel about modesty within the Christian church. It’s a really good read. Everyone should look over it.
Such a blessing to read. The article is about purity rings/abstinence oath/ waiting for marriage.
God wont fix the thing but fix you and give you what you need to navigate in the tears of life.”
This was such a blessing for me to read. It’s an article about singleness.
So, a couple of days ago, I mentioned to someone that I was going to church. (They had asked me what I was doing that day.) The person immediately responded, “I didn’t know you were a Christian.”
At first, I was taken aback. Although I had only known the person for 5 weeks, we had had a few conversations about God/Christ. I wanted to come up with a million different excuses, but the fact of the matter was that, at least in this situation, my light for Christ was not shining. He—a brother in Christ I might add— was not able to discern from my lifestyle that I was a follower of Christ. What does this mean about the way I live my life? Am I just being perceived as a “nice person?” Have I gotten too caught up in my love for politics and the issues prohibiting equality—among other things— that my love for the most important thing in my life is being overshadowed? How do I balance these things? How do I invite people to explores topics and areas that interest me, so they can better understand me, but also draw attention to Christ?
Trust - reliance on the integrity, strength, or ability of a person or thing
If you think I’m pushing my accomplishments off on some imaginary being, then you’re wrong. I know the person I was and where I was emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, etc and many of things would not have happened on their own. For instance, knowing where I was at the time, I would have never left the guy who raped me. We had been together for far too long. In fact, I almost didn’t leave him. I almost chose him over my relationship with God. I can say with absolute certainty that that was God because that wouldn’t have happened. You don’t know how dependent I was on his love. I internalized everything that happened to me as my fault. (ie Yeah, he raped you, but he’s not a virgin. He has needs. What did you think was going to happen?) It wasn’t about me getting frustrated with Him. It was about my God asking me to give up something that I didn’t want to give up. (I actually spent the next few months being angry at God.)
I am sure that God is male because the Bible says so.
In regards to hell:
Everyone deserves hell. Let me say that again: everyone deserves hell. It is only through our faith in Jesus Christ that we can accept the New Covenant, have a relationship with Jesus/ God, and spend eternity with Him. THAT is why God calls us to the “Great Commission.” We are supposed to tell people about Jesus. We are supposed to be known for Christ’s love—unlike the bigotry that now seems to be synonymous with “following” Jesus.
I believe that God sometimes allows us to suffer because it is meant to glorify Him (bring people to God, help people gain a better understanding on who He is, etc) or help reinforce/strengthen your relationship with God. During times of suffering, you can either turn to God and find out just how faithful He can be or run away from Him and miss out on the opportunity. It is my darkest places that I have often most seen God shown up.
Not accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is what “condemns” people to hell. Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior would simply be acknowledging and accepting the fact that He/ God came down, died for your sins, and was resurrected to overcome death. (Then being open/willing to have God be Lord over your life/ have say over your life.) How well you follow these things isn’t the point. (Although over time a genuine love for God should show up in a lifestyle change, the Bible points out that it’s not about “works.”)