Listening to God's words and reflecting on them as we pray for continued guidance in the Holy Spirit make us better understand His wisdom in Christ Jesus.
In John 2:22-23, as it is written, “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus in the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist – he denies the Father and the Son. No one denies the Son and the Father. Whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
Reading on our above post link, there has been so much hype on "Same Sex Marriage" and now it is endangering our closely guarded freedom through the "Defense of Marriage Act," and we take from Christ's words that it should be protected, otherwise, we may only be inviting more temptations into our lives promoting the sins of lust.
And if we are here to protect more lives and prevent more suicides out of disillusionment, despair, depression and depravity, are we not adding more by promoting "same-sex marriage," and further confusion and hatred in this world as we encourage self-pity rather than true love of others if we promote sins of lust? Or would opening one's heart and spirit to Christ for physical (that is, both mind and body) and spiritual healing help and provide a better solution?
Is the "pursuit of freedom and happiness" the right of the few endangering the right of the many then justifiable?
[Please read further with truth on God's words on: "'Love' and Saint Paul, Love of God and Self-Pity"]
Any action that may create economic activity is not necessarily for the common good or is it?
Porno magazines, X-Rated DVD's and other pornographic materials, Gay Bars, Prostitution Dens and the like, are these promoting good values that will prosper community building or will these only help destroy relationships and families and continue to eat into the moral fiber of society?
God does not want us to rush in our judgments like our great great grandparents in Adam and Eve did when they ate the forbidden fruit, rather, weigh them carefully before getting into activities that promote sins of lust, while reflecting on the truth in His words through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, our True Redeemer and Messiah.
Think of the ill effects of such activities on our family. Asking ourselves what if these happen to our love ones? Do we have the moral authority to tell them and enlighten them to what is wrong when we ourselves are doing or tolerating what is sinful or lustful?
Have we not noticed how evil things we may have been doing in the past gets back to us through our love ones?
Many times, it is always better to refrain from what is forbidden by God than regret the consequences later on.
God knows everything that happens around us, and He 'will repay' what is due to evil doers. And repayment may be as fast as it may happen while we spend our life here on earth, or, it may happen in the afterlife, when we will be called for retribution on the day of judgment.
In Romans 12:17-19, Saint Paul reminds the many of words of God, "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eye of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘it is mine to avenge, I will repay, ' says the Lord."
And in Psalm 95:8-11, it states, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah (means quarreling), as you did that day at Massah (means testing) in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. For forty years I was angry with that generation. I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.” So I declared an oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.”
While God in Christ Jesus wants us to love our neighbors, we have a responsibility to abide by his words of truth, as we can only boast of his words and be guided by his words as in 1 Corinthians 1:17-31.
Further, in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, St. Paul says in all humility, devoid of eloquence or superior wisdom, but with love and in truth in the spirit and with the crucified Christ, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”
And writing about the ‘Wisdom of the Spirit,’ St. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him…”
"but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
"The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught but the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
"For who has knows the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?”
"But we have the mind of Christ.”
On God’s temple in us and the power of humility with no malice towards anyone as against bickering and hatred brought about by divisiveness, St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16-23. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
"Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Caphas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”
Anyone who sins in lust and promotes this sin or any other sin is not a follower of Christ but one who denies Christ and follows evil. How can one live in peace if he denies Christ?
[Read more about denying Christ on: "... What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos and True Peace in Christ Jesus]
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 exhorts us in St. Paul, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Romans 6:11-14 St. Paul states, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”
May we find our faith going stronger as we become witness to Christ’s teachings in our own homes as we continue to pray and ask for his blessings, his guidance and protection to keep our family intact and safe from the evil one with the love of Jesus in our hearts.
[Read on our related post: "In Support of Pro-Family Group Stands Against Allowing Same-Sex Marriage."]
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