I don’t mean one that’s just clearing a speed bump at the moment, but one in which a general malaise–a dark canopy of gloom settles over a husband or wife when they think about their spouse and life with him/her. Noah Filipaik may be on to something in this post: http://www.atacrossroads.net/biggest-enemy-marriage-entitlement/#more-8865.
Have you ever done something so bad you can believe you did it? Regret washes over you and you desperately want a do-over. Since none of us can we settle for second best: forgiving ourselves. Everyone from Dr. Phil to church pastors agree it will liberate.
But are we two people? Am I part sinner and part accountability partner? When I sin, is it really against myself–or others? When I sin, is it really against myself–or God? What’s the gospel say? Here’s what Forgiving our Mothers and Fathers author Leslie Leyland Fields’ has to say: http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/173611-why-%E2%80%9Cforgiveness-is-a-gift-you-give-yourself%E2%80%9D-is-a-dangerous-myth.html.
This Sunday as I continue to preach on “The Glory of Sex and the Worship of God”, we’ll turn to look at something experienced by many people–even some who love Jesus: same-sex attraction. Many without the slightest interest in Jesus simply follow their cravings wherever they lead. That’s true even of some who claim membership in Jesus’ ranks.
Across the pond in Great Britain, a number of men in various roles of leadership in the Church of England,–men who struggle with SSA, have banded together to help fellow Christians who either struggle themselves–or would like to help those who do. Here’s one of their stories. (www.livingout.org)