For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:16 NIV
God gives us all choices. We have a choice to do right or wrong, turn left or keep straight, lie or be honest, cheat or remain faithful and loyal, leave or stay, curse or pray, hit or walk away, have protected sex or risk misery and pain, be one religious faith or choose another, seek revenge or let God handle things…we have choices.
It seems that loyalty, faithfulness and dedication are words of satire and are often one-sided labels meant for the other person we’re involved with but never for us. We want people to be loyal, honest, trustworthy, trusting, faithful, dedicated, and devoted to us and our relationships with them, but we don’t seem to have it in us to give 100% of the same to them in return. What ever happened to full reciprocity? What happened to being honorable? Have we increasingly downgraded the quality of our moral fabric?
Have we decided to remain a selfish people instead of maturing in our selfLESSness?
Have we celebrated and embraced a culture of “keeping our options open”, being “players”, being “Married But Available”, and not “bringing sand to the beach” rather than the ideal of monogamy?
If you want to live freely to do, go, say, and live as you want with whomever you want, then why pretend to commit yourself to a relationship when you can simply openly date several people, and explain to them your intentions to not commit or practice monogamy? Why must there always be lies, games, and frequent moments of deceit? Why must we say one thing yet do another? Why is there a thrill in the chase—in the risk of getting caught?
Where’s the honor and dignity?
Look closely at yourself in the mirror. Are you the type of man or woman you would want your child to date and marry? Do you treat men/women the way you would want your son/daughter to be treated?
Let us be the change we want to see in the world…starting TODAY!
Remember that “…the sins of the father will be revisited upon his son…” this applies to daughters and mothers also! Let’s think less of self and more of others, and consider what Jesus would do and say if he saw us?
Father I want to thank You. Thank You for showing and teaching me the difference between love and lust, and the difference between honor and pride.
Father thank You for filling my cup that it runneth over in love and clears my eyes to see rightly the love for one without a desire to lust for another. I want to walk straight on the path You have set before me, not to stray in moments of weakness and temptation; but to stride with confidence that everything I need You have already provided.
I walk in confidence that the person who You have placed in my life to love I have no desire to stray from, no desire to seek comfort, admiration or praise elsewhere, and no desire to seek affection, ego stroking, and understanding from anyone but the person I love and respect. I am more than satisfied where my heart and feet are, and have no intentions or expectations of allowing my heart and feet to rest anywhere else with anyone else.
It is because of You and my devotion to You that I have peace within, acceptance of who I am and what I can do, confidence in my ability to love and be loved wholly, satisfaction in where I have come from and where I see myself going, and that in matters of the heart and flesh I only need and want to be with one person. It is because of You I am pleased with falling in and staying in love with one person; committed, dedicated, faithful, honest, open, considerate, trustworthy and trusting of that one person.
If ever I shift in my thinking due to temptation, frustration, disappointment, dismay, or confusion, and I go against Your plan for me, please steer me back on course Father for I never want to disappoint You. I want to always move forward never backwards.
I always want to make progress not cause my own setbacks. I want to live in the present with hopes for the future, not dwell in the past of what once was or could have been. I want to fail from trying my best and missing the mark, not from a lack of motivation or care. So help me Father to remain focused on my mission in and for Your Kingdom, and also in my personal love life. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 24, 2011. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED (MODERATELY OR SIGNIFICANTLY) TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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