“For God so loved the world that he gave his one andonly Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall notperish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God is… LOVE 1 John 4:8 He loves everyone, and wants a relationship with all of us.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all yourWhat is the greatest mind.‟ This is the first and greatest commandment. Andcommandment? the second is like it: „Love your neighbor as yourself.’”Love God (Matt. 22:37-39)&Love
God is also HOLYIsaiah 6:3God does not love sin. Sin separates usfrom God.
So… While God may love us, he doesn’t love everything we do.Parents analogy: They love you no matter what, but they don’t always love everything that you do.
There are many things (sin) that can separate us from God:Jealousy, greed, hate, disobedience to parents, gossip, lust, lying, cheating, stealing, laziness, slander, pornography, etc…Sin is sin. God doesn’t like any of it.
God created things with a certain ORDER.“He created them male and female… and blessed them.. and told them to be fruitful and multiply.” (Genesis 1:27-28)
Conflicting DesiresIs homosexuality a choice or are people born that way?…It’s complicated.I’ve met people who said it was a choice for them.I’ve met people who said they always felt different from a young age. They have great internal struggle. They feel like outsiders, people tease them, bully them, they have these conflicting desires and they don’t know what to do with them.In this struggle, some teens (and adults) have
Compassion is very important!This is where many people (including many Christians) get it wrong.Jesus hung out with the outcasts, the poor, prostitutes, those with diseases, etc. He teaches us the greatest commandment is to love God and love others.Jesus showed great love to people. People where about to stone a woman who committed adultery, Jesus defends her, shows great compassion, And tells her to sin no more.
So what does the Bible say?The Bible teaches very specifically, and very clearly that the practice of homosexuality is a sin.Where does it say this? 1 Corinthians 6:9 – “Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God… but you were washed and made clean by the Lord Jesus Christ”. Leviticus 18:22 – “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Romans 1:26-27 – “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”(and 4 other references…)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Jealousy, greed, hate, disobedience to parents, gossip, lust, lying, cheating, stealing, laziness, slander, pornography, homosexuality, etc…All of these things separate us from God. Homosexuality isn’t necessarily a worse sin than others – society is the one that puts a large focus on it.
God sent us his only Son Jesus Christ. Jesus was born of a virgin. He lived a perfect sinless life.He taught us the way to live an abundant life, things we should steer clear of, and how to go to heaven. He laid down his life as a sacrifice to forgive us and to cover our sins. It is a gift from God. Question: Will you choose to receive this gift?
Repent and BelieveRomans 9:10 – “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.”Proverbs 28:13 – “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”1 John 1:6 – “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”
Fighting sin is not easy…God gives us tools: The Holy Spirit God’s Word Loving Christian Community (church, youth, etc) Prayer Spiritual Armor Many people have been saved from the practice of homosexuality, addiction to pornography, drug addition, being a gossiper, slanderer, lying, cheating, stealing, etc.
As a Christian, you will still fall short God’s love for us never changes. You will fall short. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” When you sin, turn to Jesus, ask for forgiveness, and if you need to, talk to some one you can trust for help. Don’t struggle and keep it to yourself.
Jesus was the only perfect person All of us are imperfect and going to struggle with sin for our entire life. Jesus calls us to “deny ourselves and follow him”. He died to forgive us and give us a new life, not to keep on sinning, but to free us for joyful and right living. Rejecting sin and putting on Christ.
Remember As a Christian, your primary duty is to: o Love God o Love Others Don’t miss this!!!God is LOVE not Focus on your own sins and weaknesses, others.“How can you say to your brother, Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye.” God is Take your sins, fears, struggles, joys, life to Jesus