Most people take relationship advice from their friends, moms, and Cosmopolitan magazine. The Bible isn't usually seen as an option: it's just an outdated rule book with lists of commands and expectations. Take the fruit of the Spirit for example. For years I saw it as a nice list of good qualities good Christians should have. It was a bunch of stuff I needed to work on. It didn't have much to offer me except an undertone of guilt. And I think that’s where most people get stuck.
“Love? I’m pretty good at that. Joy? Sometimes- I’ll give it 50%. Patience? How about let’s not go there. . . ”
But wait! I have good news: there is so much more to it than that. Will you let me show
Are Christians free, or chained down by rules? We were called to be free. But so many times, Christianity get a bad rep because we act like we’re burdened by the obedience. Our long faces and solemn “no’s” leave people confused. Like, why are you choosing to follow a religion that chains you down and makes you miserable? It also leaves them with a bad taste in their mouths. Like, why would I ever want that?
The subject of freedom is interesting, and it has two faces. Because we’re humans with free wills, we’re able to act however we want. God doesn’t make it impossible for us to sin. That’s what all 8 billion of us have: the freedom to choose our actions.
But the cross gave us another option, another sort of freedom that turns the whole
Who are you? What words do you use to introduce yourself, to describe yourself? It’s entirely common to use your career, hobbies, and important relationships to sum yourself up. A blogger, college student, Christ-follower, employee, girlfriend, friend, daughter. This is who I am.
I’m willing to bet you have a tidy list in your head that looks kinda like that: things in your life you attach both value and identity to. Things you’ve decided are who you are. They’re good things for sure, and things you pour a whole lot of heart, time, and yourself into.
What comes to mind when you think of resisting temptation? Everyone’s story is different. Maybe you’re a little proud of the willpower you’ve built over the years. Maybe you’re convinced you can handle anything. But maybe your past is a painful trail of sin and broken resolves. Maybe you have a certain temptation that keeps coming back. Maybe you keep blaming satan. Maybe you’ve given up.
Here is how I’ve viewed temptation in the past, which may be how most people think of it: satan tempts me to do unthinkable things. Sometimes he wins, and sometimes I win. But if I stay strong and hold onto what I know is right, I know I can win. With God’s help, I know I can win. Victory!
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!