Sometimes I have such clarity. My being knows it’s maker. My heart is at rest. Though my mind may float…
In our culture we have a strange habit of simultaneously glorifying sex whilst degrading it’s meaning and beauty. Sometimes in Christian circles we go too far the opposite way where sex is taboo and it’s meaning and beauty are exalted to the detriment of our understanding of how sex, like everything else on earth, often has silent echoes of the fall. Sometimes we can selfishly desire our own pleasure more than focusing on the other person; we don’t have the wisdom to always know what will best please the other person in each exact moment; our bodies aren’t always the most conducive to sexual intimacy.
The concept of rights seems to underpin a lot of Western thought and responses to world crises. It effects how people relate to one another, whether they assert their individual rights, or whether they submit to another. In God’s eyes, are we entitled to anything? I think our sense of entitlement is one of the root causes of tensions and arguments between people.
There is an intrinsically close tie between the temptations Jesus faced and the spiritual battles that we face in our own lives.
Be patient with yourself. Give yourself time. If you aren’t doing okay at the moment, don’t tell yourself that you aren’t doing good enough, or that you’re not being a good follower of Jesus. Give yourself some grace, and be kind to yourself.
…maybe you have to give up the idea you have of who you want to be, and give in to God’s ability to fashion you into the person He wants you to be. Give up trying so hard to render yourself into who you think is the best person you can be, because God may have a different idea.
Grace is less of an abstract concept than sometimes I would like it to be. When it stays abstract we…