does my lifestyle have to do with loving God?
the doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable,
universe spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about
my sex life."
Christ is not about learning to hate the favorite dessert you once loved.
It is about learning to love God, trust in his wisdom, and respect his authority.
- when you love
someone, you find out what makes that person happy and you want to
do those things,
- when you trust
someone, you believe in their insight and knowledge when they tell
you that something you thought was good is actually bad for you, and
- when you respect
someone, you want to do as they ask because of who they are, or what
they have done, or what they can do. You know this to be true with parents,
partners, or friends. It's equally true with God.
that someone who loves you wants the best for you and wants
you to get the benefit of their insight. They will balance their respect
for your freedom to love or not love them with their desire to make your
life the most it can be. In other words, not only are you loving God by
spending time with him, seeking his guidance, and obeying him, but he is
loving you by giving you joy, wisdom, and perseverance. All of this will
ultimately result, if you are willing, in you wanting to love him even more.
Loving God is a win-win situation.
we are all capable of loving God, few things stand in our way like temptation.
One of the Bible's
most helpful encouragements and methods of dealing with temptation is this:
"In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ
Jesus" (Romans 6:11 NIV). This verse is especially practical because
it acknowledges that often times the only thing we can change about this
world is our response to it.
looking dessert, even one full of poison, will forever be that - great looking.
You may never be able to change how great it looks, but you can change how
you look at it, whether you look at it, and what you look at instead.
must see sin for what it is - sin, something that grieves God and is a serious
offense. Then you must replace your desire for sin with desires
pertaining to God and all things godly. Transform yourself into a person
who does this by renewing your mind through reading the Bible and seeking
the guidance and strength of God's Holy Spirit. Concentrate on the fact
that whatever action or sacrifice your obedience requires at the moment,
the Lord is worthy of it. And increase your knowledge and love of the Lord
which he is generously and continuously pouring out.
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What is "Christian"?
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