I was looking on the disk I have with all my poems on it for a good poem to describe what I’m feeling today, but I didn’t really find one. I’m not really in the mood to make one, but let me just describe a little about what’s been going through my head.
It all starts as I dig into the Scripture; I haven’t looked at these passages recently (until now, as I’m looking them up), but they’ve popped into my mind as examples of what I’m talking about. Take a look, first, at what Paul says to the Corinthian church:
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God – even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1)
Focus mainly on the last sentence. Here Paul tells the Corinthians to follow him as he follows Christ. What an example! Paul had the confidence to say that to these people; he knew that he was strong enough to be Christ-like example to them. He knew that he wouldn’t stumble and lead them astray. Now, take a look at Job:
“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.…Continue Reading
Today was a pretty reflective day for me. People, for the most part, ignored me, and I didn’t really care, because I was too busy thinking anyway. I found it hard to concentrate, actually, since my mind kept wandering. It’s horrible trying to think about something you don’t want to when your brain is trying to think about something it wants to think about. But anyways, I got to thinking about a few things.
I suppose the biggest thing that’s been on my mind lately has been noticing the changes in my life. Some of these were brought about by sheer self-will, although I’m sure most of it was brought by divine aid – or perhaps a better way of putting it would be that I was divinely aided in developing my self-will. But being completely honest here, I’ve noticed myself becoming a different and better person. Sometimes it’s been so subtle that I’ve barely noticed it – and yet it’s there, and it makes me feel awesome every time I realize what I’m doing.
The first area this has been in is the area of sexual purity. It’s not so much a physical battle – the pressure to have sex isn’t that great in a school of 22 Christians – but rather a mental battle between the lust of the flesh and my desire to do what’s right. My eyes are saying, “Wow, that’s gooooood,” while my mind is saying, “No! Turn away now!” A while ago, the eyes…Continue Reading
When I sat here an hour ago trying to think of something to write, I didn’t have anything in my head. Then I started into a discussion with Angelie, and a couple issues were brought up. I’d like to deal with the second issue and leave the first one for a rainy day – or at least another day.
Anyways, this issue had to do with sexual purity. Now, if you’re reading this and a) are not a Christian, or b) have no clue what the term “sexual purity” even means, then this topic is not for you. In the first case, I don’t expect non-Christians to agree with what I say here, nor do I think that they will. They don’t hold to the same standards that I do – and that’s fine for now; we can deal with that another day. In the second case, if you are a Christian and don’t know what sexual purity is, you’re a pretty unhealthy Christian, and should see a doctor – preferrably one that goes by the term Reverend. You need to set your standards before you can even try to achieve them.
Now, during my daily Web travels, I discovered an article that really just hit the point of sexual purity from a guy’s perspective. It basically deals with the fact that how girls dress can drastically affect a guy’s mind and lead him on very easily to lustful thoughts. While of course this is ultimately the guy’s problem,…Continue Reading