Love, Faith, Perserverance

Posted by on December 7, 2010

 

It was clearly the love of Jesus that spoke to my heart and surrounded me; at which time I fell to my knees and invited Him to come into my life, forgive me of my sins against Him, and guide me from that moment forward.

I continue to know that that love was and is very real. It is a personal relationship that He imbues upon us when we do not resist. When I wait upon Him, He speaks to me personally. When I grow weary in pressing forward with His everlasting and long enduring truth, He reminds me; “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

At times perseverance can be burdensome. For all the prayers and longings there were for one to accept Christ into their heart, there seem at times to be individual expectations or boundaries. Maybe even a shushing. Some want you to accept Jesus and then remain silent. Some want you to accept Jesus, but are uncomfortable with your overwhelming desire to share your peace and calling out to other sinners because it is proportionately different from what they as long time believers are doing.

There are truths yet today that have been kept silent. The love, mercy, grace and forgiveness offered to all, seems not to have offered in an outspoken declaration to the homosexual. The discomfort of breaching the topic in church congregations nearly keeps such an offering silent while the church maintains its declaration of sharing the gospel with the world.

Homosexuals are very much a part of the world. They are a people that have a deep sense of pain and suffering. To me, they are a people that the love of Christ, if appropriately offered, would have an alarming affect and response. But there seems to be a fear in providing the offer.

So Satan scoffs and laughs and pushes those defiant in their comfort in living in discord with the will of God.

Upon he reflection of the reality of being raised in the church without anyone addressing or helping those suffering from same-sex attractions, I can’t help but think that the very next sermon in every Adventist church should be on the deliverance, hope and redemption that is offered such souls by Jesus Christ.

Not only have the gays and homosexuals suffered from lack of guidance, drifting away from the church into the gay community; their relatives grieve their absence from Christ and sit without console in their church families.

Jesus consoles every one of us. He urges us to be patient, rest in His mercy and to pursue with faith.

It is not will power that pushes me forward. It is the continual drawing closer to Him personally that drives me with conviction to offer His Words of truth and His reminders of His love and salvation offered to ALL.

It is daunting at times. Why is there such fear in raising God up to this particular sinner? Some believe that their congregation will be disturbed by acknowledging God’s love and redemption for the homosexual. They would rather they make a miraculous silent return to the fold. But Jesus died for the shame of ALL sinners. Sin is equal in the sight of God. We are not segregated at the foot of the cross. We are not segregated in our gathering together under God’s mercy and forgiveness.

We are all children of His on a pathway to the kingdom. We cannot be anchored on earth with labels of orientation or sins seemingly more acceptable to God than others. No sin is acceptable to God. No orientation in opposition to His perfect plan is one we should claim or pursue.

Continued focus on His overwhelming love and free offer of forgiveness should motivate us to share it will all. “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” Romans 2:4

…and so I continue in the fight of faith.

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