" Jamie told me all the reasons that kept her from forgiving her abusive father. In fact, I'd used some of them two years earlier, when a friend I'd trusted to keep a confidence told several women in my Sunday school class about a painful circumstance I was going through. As I meditated on that verse, I knew I'd been forgiven much.
But a year later, when I reread what the apostle Paul said about forgiveness, his familiar words touched my heart in a special way: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, " (Ephesians , my emphasis).
I listened quietly as my friend Jamie told me the frank details of the sexual abuse she'd suffered as a child. But God's Word and my decision to forgive set me free from bitterness.
"Where is it written that we are not complete or whole unless we have sex?
I have seen many friends investing all of their energies into relationships only to walk away with nothing" - Anne Marie Simpson, 33, London, UK Sex sells, and thus we constantly hear about the so-called ‘benefits’ of having an active, even promiscuous, sex life.
Throughout our relationship he’s really encouraged me in my faith … But I do not know how to handle the simplistic thinking from many members of the church who think that my relationship is wrong—that I should either end it, or be living in sin. I’ve been dating this man for two years now and he prepared me that he’ll be making a proposal soon.
But when we announced our engagement I received a few emails from the pastor saying the Bible is clear that the relationship is wrong and that I need to end it. I knew that, out of love, I would receive some hostility from Christian friends, but it is getting to the point where I do not want to go back to church, because of the volume of people telling me to end the relationship—when they cannot give me a reason for doing so, other than him being a non-Christian. I was overwhelmed with joy, laughter, and excitement.
Something so good, is so bad cause I’ve dedicated my life to Christ and my bf has chosen his own path. More importantly, does anyone actually you’re a Christian, and be quiet about it? Offering unsolicited critical opinions of others makes you a toxic gossip, which is one of the lowest things anyone can be.
Dear Christians who make a point of letting their Christian friends who are in serious relationships with non-Christians know that they think it’s wrong for a Christian to date or marry a non-Christian: If I ever meet you, I am going to beat you up. And basing your criticism on some nonexistent rule that toxic gossip, which, in the descending rings of hell, puts you just above waiters who spit in people’s food, and just below people who don’t clean up after the dog they’re walking.)And if it’s your opinion that God automatically condemns the Christian who marries a non-Christian, then you’ve clearly tossed out, along with the baptismal water, Paul, who wrote in 1 Corinthians: For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband?Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? If two people have found each other, fallen in love, and are taking good care of each other, then let them be.If Paul was okay with Christians being married to non-Christians, perhaps you could find your way to lightening up on the matter. Let their relationship grow into whatever it might."to the Greek Orthodox) was a powerful Patriarch in Constantinople during the 9th century, defending the eastern church from papal ambitions.His value to historians, however, rests on his avid love of books. The third century Church 'Father' Origen, for example, spent half his life and a quarter of a million words contending against the pagan writer Celsus.There can be nothing more shameful than living in India and yet denigrating one of its greatest role models.