Sexual Struggles and the Church

What Believers Must Remember

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In a world where our sexuality is a focal point, it’s not surprising that understanding sexual struggles (and sometimes resulting sin) can be problematic.  It shouldn’t really be surprising — the Church and culture speak different languages.  The key is understanding why and how to humbly move forward in grace and truth.

Sexuality and the Church

One of the biggest problems within the Church is that we may not fully understand the difference between temptation (or struggle) and sin.  On the other hand, we seem to be quite good at categorizing our struggles. For example, any sexual struggle is said to be a bigger issue than any other struggle. There even seems to be bigger and lesser struggles within sexual struggles.

Paul made a point to speak of the significance of sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:18), but that significance isn’t really about being lesser or greater, rather how sacred our bodies are. The Church in Corinth clearly didn’t understand that significance.

In order to understand and respond to sexual struggles, we have to understand some fundamental concepts.  Here are five things the Church must remember:

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Why We Have to Forgive Before Someone Asks

Jesus’ Forgiveness Model

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Have you been wronged by someone? Have you been hurt by someone’s words or actions? Jesus has an answer that can bring healing to a broken situation. Believe it or not, our healing starts with forgiveness.

Why We Have to Forgive Before Someone Asks

I’ve been on both sides. I’ve been hurt by people and I’ve hurt others. Both situations can be very painful, especially if the situation seems hopeless. I’ve found myself longing for others to forgive me. While other times, having to seek that closure by saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ Both of which can be so difficult.

How does a Christian navigate through these challenging moments?

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The salvation of God overturns the economy of this world.  Whereas the world’s economic system depends on each one of us paying our debts, the economy of God’s Spirit involves the forgiveness of debts.  Whereas the world’s justice system involves our getting what we earn or deserve, the justice of God liberates us from the guilt and shame accompanying our actions.  Whereas our humanly constructed economy depends on barter and exchange, the divine economy involves merely calling on God in repentance and receiving both the forgiveness of debts and the free gift of the Holy Spirit.  God’s way of doing business is contrary to the ways of the world.

Amos Yong
Who Is the Holy Spirit? (Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2011), 22

Why Do We Fear?

God (Peace) versus Evil (Fear)

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Christians talk about peace on a regular basis, but I’m not sure if all Christians understand the impact of fear.  There’s a reason why scripture tells us we don’t have to fear.  Complete trust in God is really a complete rejection of fear.  When we avoid fear, we understand peace a little better. When we allow God to be our ‘Shepherd,’ we have nothing to fear because we put our lives in His hands.

why do we fear

So why do we still fear?

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Dear Wife (And Mother of Young Kids)

An open letter to my Wife.

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I don’t express my gratitude enough to my wife. Instead, I find we just keep going from day to day assuming the other person is doing what they have to do to make the family work. Mother’s Day is always a good reminder to make sure we realize and actually say how grateful we are for their selfless efforts. This is an open letter I wrote, with my wife in mind:

dear wife with young kids

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