A Prayer.

>> Saturday, March 6, 2010

I'm looking for love in all the wrong places, and everything is falling apart. I feel like I'm losing my best friend, and that nobody cares about me. I feel like no one is interested in what is happening in my life; that I'm just rambling on for no reason and inconveniencing everyone. I'm going nowhere in the realm of happiness.

God, I know how to fix this. You told me how to fix this. I have to fix me and you. You will take care of everything if I give it to you.

Here I am, broken again, before you. At this moment, you are what I want most. Why is it so hard for me to want you like this every moment of every day?


Truth and Love.

>> Thursday, March 4, 2010

I've been thinking a lot lately about speaking the truth in love. I don't know what that means exactly, or how to do it. The one thing I do know, however, is that, according to the Bible, love and truth are inseparably entwined.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
1 Cor 13:6

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians 4:15

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18

The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
3 John 1:1

The other day, at the theatre, there was a miniature discussion about co-habitation, marriage, and pre-marital sex. Several people who are professing Christians had views that were unbiblical. Someone said this: "That rule was made a long time ago, and times have changed. I really don't think God cares that much." I know this is not true. If you profess to believing that you are saved because the story of Christ has remained the same for two thousand years, shouldn't you believe that the rest of the Bible has stayed as true? I had no idea what to do in this situation, so I just said, "I think [living together and having sex before marriage] is wrong, but that's just me." I was immediately ashamed of the last statement, "but that's just me," because I felt an urge to say something, but left it at that. I know I shouldn't be ashamed. God can and will use what I said.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:

1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-5

I don't know what to do with this. Situations like these are delicate. I suppose the best I can do is to ask God to lead me where he would have me go... but I'm having endless troubles just surrendering to him with all of me.


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