One of the things I used to struggle with most was the fact that I was forgiven. God had already forgiven me, no matter what.
Since I felt the Lord and I shared a close relationship, I thought he understood my actions and accepted them as such. I thought that he knew I planned on marrying my boyfriend (we are no longer together); I thought he knew I did those things out of love, not lust. However, God, no matter how much he loves the sinner, HATES sin. However, I was taking my forgiveness for granted. The bible tells us not to think this way.
1 Peter 2:16 “16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil…”
Yet, it was not until hearing a sermon at my church about how God hates ALL sin that I finally realized I was trying to validate my actions, I realized I was sinning. So I interject here, if you are pre-martially sexually active, you are sinning, no matter how you define “sexually active”. If you have to make an excuse in order for it to be “acceptable”, it is sinning; I digress. After knowing I was sinning, I could not allow myself to continue with my previous actions, even when the opportunity presented itself, because it says in Hebrews 10:26-27,
“26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”
This is a bit harsh sounding, but basically it means what it says, don’t play dumb. If you feel it is wrong, which is why you have read thus far, then you know not to do it.
Albeit, if you feel like I have not supported the fact that God wants us to remain pure, here is a present.
Romans 13:14 “14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:17) “17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
Now that you know, pray about your temptation. Nothing is impossible through Jesus Christ.
If you are having problems remaining pure, please contact me. I would love to be able to help, for I have and am experiencing similar trials. However, ALWAYS rely on God first and foremost.
Isaiah 40: 29-31
“29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
I have dimples. That is all you need to know. Just kidding. I am Jeli. In the past year I have undergone a lot of life-altering events in which my faith has really benefited. I have learned a lot about what I have done wrong and what I should do right. That is why I am here, on TAYA. I want to tell you guys about those things that I did wrong, and to brainstorm ideas with you all on how to do right. So venture with me, think with me, and pray with me. :) Let's do this thing!
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