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Find comfort, give comfort, repeat

30 Mar

I’ve been a believer my entire life, but I won’t lie to you: I’ve never read the bible cover to cover.

But I’m on my way, and I’m currently moving my way through the New Testament, just drinking it in as I discover how little I’ve known about scriptures and how much there is still to learn. And I am SO excited about it!

Today I started the book of 2 Corinthians, and I came across a few verses that were an encouragement to me. It reminded me of how we are to be selfless, even when we are tempted to be consumed with our own problems.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

This is incredible.

If you’re struggling today–if you have an ill family member, if you’re stressed about your job, if you and your friend are having a dispute, if someone you love has wronged you, etc–remember that you’re not the only one. Remember that God is the one who can bring you comfort, and as you learn that, remember to share it with others!

That’s the primary reason I blog. I don’t spend my time writing because I want compliments and I want to be recognized in the blogging community.

Actually, I just want to share my journey with other believers who fight the same battles I do. Because I’m not alone. I face affliction. I have found comfort in God because of the love of other believers around me who have encouraged me to seek the Lord during any trial. And now it’s my job to comfort others. It’s a chain reaction that I want to be a part of!

Thank you so much for reading, whoever you are out there. I consider it a blessing that God has chosen to use me through my writing. It’s all because of him that I’m able to do this.

Jen

Someone’s gotta say it: purity is hard work

29 Mar

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Ever since last night I have felt a tug on my heart to talk about purity and walking with Christ in every aspect of our lives, including dating relationships.

I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night because of it. I went to bed later than usual and woke up way earlier than I needed to. I ended up praying about ways to pen the words I want to scream on the rooftops to all young people and all unmarried people. I want to do it with wisdom. And I don’t claim to know everything.

I also don’t claim to be perfect or sinless, but I do know that the bible calls us to purity in the scriptures, and that it is absolutely what we should strive for. I recognize that it is SO hard in our culture to stand firm when it comes to this topic. Movies, music, magazines, peer pressure and the Internet make it almost impossible to walk on a straight path when it comes to keeping ourselves and honoring our bodies as the scriptures beckon us to (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 is a good reference if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

I’ve talked with other Christians about this topic, and I’ve also done some observation. It is not my place to judge, so please don’t think that I am.

I just want to make clear something I truly believe in: although every Christian (and unbelievers as well) has their own boundaries and their own concept of what is “too far,” that doesn’t change what the scriptures say. The bible should be our primary source for knowledge and wisdom when it comes to this topic. Otherwise, we’ll find our selves excusing away our human desires, thinking that it’s okay to follow our inclinations because it’s “normal” or “natural.” And we’ll make mistakes. We’ll end up with regrets and scars. Paul didn’t write about sexual immorality, marriage and honoring God with our bodies just for the early church. He wrote it for us, too.

I’ve also recognized something HUGE when it comes to teaching young people about purity: we can’t just tell them they have to abstain and think it’s enough. We also have to make it clear that IT WILL BE HARD. But it is NOT “unrealistic.” Don’t mistake the word “difficult” for “unrealistic.” I don’t think anyone ever told me how hard it would be. Or if they did, I was too naive to accept it.

Young and/or unmarried people, I want you to know that it will be hard. I don’t just want to give you a sugar-coated speech about purity and stop there. I want you to know that it’s a battle and a fight. If you want to be like Christ, that includes every area of your life. It will be tough. But you CAN do it. Don’t just give up because you think it’s impossible or because the “Christians” around you are doing things that aren’t okay. It’s not impossible, I promise.

There is so much more I want to say about this topic, but I want to pray about it and seek the Lord before going any further. I hope that this is an encouragement to someone struggling today. Allow the Holy Spirit to convict you and don’t make excuses for yourself; you are feeling conviction for a reason. He loves you and wants the best for you. And there is always, always forgiveness because of the Cross. You are not alone and you don’t need to live in shame and darkness. There is hope and strength in Jesus…

Jen