"First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will be scoffers who will laugh at the truth and do every evil thing they desire." - 2 Peter 3:3 I've heard it said that truth is relative. I have to agree. Truth is a relative. He's my brother and his name is Jesus. When you see Jesus, you see and know the truth that sets you free to live life abundantly.
The day is over, you are driving home. You tune in your radio.You hear a little blurb about a little village in India where some villagers have died suddenly, strangely, of a flu that has never been seen before. It's not influenza, but three or four fellows are dead, and it's kind of interesting. They're sending some doctors over there to investigate it.
"[Christ Jesus] ... did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross!" - Philippians 2:6-8 Buried under a load of sin and death Jesus risked it all, leaving the safety of heaven and descending into human flesh to rescue us. Jesus didn't just risk his life for us; he intentionally sacrificed himself.
"How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word, O LORD, and following its rules." - Psalm 119:9 How can a young person resist the temptation of lust, sex, and violence? First, by growing up strong in God's Word. Encourage your child to read God's Word daily and hide it in your heart and the Holy Spirit will use it when you need it most. As an adult, set a personal example of this.
Jesus taught the people: "You have heard that it was said, `Do not commit adultery,' but I say to you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." - Matthew 5:27-28 One of the things I just love about Jesus is that he was fearless when it came to tackling tough issues. Jesus never dodged the bullet or softened the truth. He just said it straight. And that's exactly what he does in his Sermon on the Mount as he tackles issues of sexuality and fidelity. These are hard words, but words we need to hear in a sexually charged culture bent on doing what feels good and what is convenient, neither of which is a good measure of God's best for us.
"Each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable" 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Sex is an incredible gift from God, a gift given for procreation and our enjoyment. But this wonderful gift is also incredibly powerful, so powerful that God in his infinite love for us has provided some instructions, some boundaries around the gift because he knew that being selfish people we would be tempted to use this gift for our own selfish purposes. He knew that on our own we would use the gift of sex for destructive and harmful purposes - purposes that the gift-giver never intended.
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:44-45 Is there someone in your life that has done you wrong? Are you still stewing about it? Do yourself a favor. Take a walk and honestly pray for that person. Trust in God's grace, not your own bitter feelings. You'll be blessed by this spiritual journey of grace-filled prayer.