Can I Be a Sexually Immoral Christian?

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Here’s the short answer:

Nope.

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.  I Corinthians 6:9-11

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Eph. 5:3

No sin is compatible with Christ.

Sin is an archery term that means “to miss the mark.”  Sin is anything that misses the mark of God’s standard of holy perfection. If we miss the target by 1/2 an inch. That is a “sin.”  If we miss it by 100 feet, that is also a “sin.”

If we cherish and cling to sin  – ANY sin – we forfeit the power of the Holy Spirit working in us if we are believers.  Sin deeply grieves the Spirit of God. God cannot tolerate the presence of even microscopic amounts of sin. He is HOLY. And He calls us to live holy lives – free from all sin. God’s Spirit dwells in us if we are believers. We are His temple. But we can grieve God’s Spirit and lose fellowship with Him (Ephesians 4).

If Christ is our Lord, we don’t lose our salvation if we sin – but we stop abiding in Christ and we lose the power of His Spirit that we need to live in obedience to Him. We lose the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-33) and begin to be controlled again by the sinful nature (Galatians 5:19-21).

And if Christ is our Lord – we will not be ok with losing His fellowship. God’s Spirit will work on us to convict us and bring us to repentance quickly unless we harden our hearts.

Of course, if we have never received Christ as our Savior and LORD, we don’t have the Holy Spirit to start with – so God is not in us. Maybe we walked down the aisle at church, said a prayer, and filled out a card, but there was no heart and life change. Maybe we think we are Christians, because we go to church sometimes, but we really don’t know God and don’t have any desire to live for Him or to seek His will. We may, in that situation, be able to live in sin and not have any prick of conscience. In this state, it is possible to call oneself a “Christian” and to continue in major sin. But that is only because we don’t realize what it means to be a Christian.

I cannot embrace sin AND Jesus.  I must choose one or the other.

That sounds really radical, right?

In our own power – it IS COMPLETELY impossible for us to live sinless lives.  We HAVE to have God’s Spirit living in us or we can’t begin to do this. God says that our own attempts at right living and holiness look like “dirty, bloody, filthy menstrual rags” in His sight. Isaiah 64:6. There is nothing good in us on our own. We are all wretched sinners.

  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
  • The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
  • Jesus answered, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

Jesus talks about the cost of following Him – and it is Lordship:

  • Anyone who loves Me will obey Me… if anyone does not obey Me, he does not love Me. John 14:22,24
  • Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:37-39

Someone who belongs to Christ cares about what Jesus cares about. 

If I claim Christ as my Savior and LORD, then HE is my greatest priority and love. By a long shot. Knowing Him is my most passionate goal. Pleasing Him is what I long to do more than anything out of thankfulness and amazement for all that He has done to die in my place and take the wrath of God I deserved upon Himself. I don’t obey Him to “earn” heaven. I can’t earn heaven. Only Jesus can earn heaven. Only He lived a perfect life that was totally pleasing to God. I obey Him because I am overflowing with love and gratitude to Him because of what He did for me.

If Jesus is my LORD and my God – He can ask me to do anything and I can only say with joy, “YES, LORD!”

  • If you do not have Jesus as the Lord of your life – or you have questions, please ask me!! I’m glad to talk with you about how you can know Jesus and have the eternal life He offers to you! Leave me a comment, please!

When Jesus is my Lord, He changes my heart, my desires, my priorities, my thoughts and my character. I DIE to my old sinful nature, it is crucified with Christ on the cross and I put on my new nature in Christ and live in the power of His Spirit. I am a new creation! Old things have passed away. Now I live for God.

If I enjoy something God clearly labels as sin or have no qualms with allowing that thing a place in my life – something is seriously wrong.  

If I can sit and wallow in wrongdoing of any type – and feel no shame and feel no urgency to repent and no grief at what I am doing to Jesus – I am spiritually dead and I do not know Him, or at the very best, I am in a spiritual coma. I need to immediately investigate whether I am saved. The solution is the same either way. I must admit my wrongdoing and turn from it to Jesus and yield my life to His Lordship.

Someone who belongs to Christ and is alive to Him will:

  • hunger for Him
  • thirst for God’s Word
  • desire to know God more
  • have spiritual appetites for God’s presence, prayer and God’s Word
  • long to live a righteous, holy life

Having a physical appetite is a sign of physical health and life. Dead people don’t get hungry for food. Having a spiritual appetite is a sign of spiritual health and life. Spiritually dead people have no desire for the things of God.

There is NO sin that can be welcome in my life if Christ is truly my Lord. (**Please see the list at the bottom of the post)

If I want to know Christ and abide in Him and experience His power in my life and be with Him in heaven – I must be willing to give up my sin! ALL of it!

This is called, Dying to Self .

Jesus is worthy of all of our devotion, love, obedience, worship, and submission.

We don’t come to Him just be be able to check our list “Oh, now I can go to heaven, I said a prayer and ‘asked Jesus into my heart’ and I can live however I want to.”

  • That is not Christianity – not by Jesus’ definition.

We come to Him because we know that we need Him and we love Him and nothing else matters but having Him as our Savior and Lord in this life. And when we come to Him, we come in awe, in humility, and in reckless abandonment – willing to give all that we are and all that we have to Him that we might be daily living sacrifices for His glory.  His glory and His will are all that we care about now.

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

If you realize you have been cherishing sin – you can turn away from it today and turn to Christ!  That is called repentance. We turn completely away from sin in disgust, agreeing with God that it is wrong, and turn fully to Jesus. We decide not to give sin any place in our lives anymore.

He can forgive your sin!

He died to pay for our sins so that He could provide a way for us to be right with God. Get on your face before God and weep over your sin!  Tell Him you agree that what you have done is wrong. Beg Him to forgive You. Claim the power of His death on the cross on your behalf – and surrender your life to Him. Let Him be in charge now. Give Him control of every part of your life. Hold nothing back.  Seek to know Him, to love Him and to live for Him alone from this point on!

Get rid of everything that is a stumbling block for you:

  • Delete all the phone numbers of any guys you may have been in contact with that were inappropriate.
  • Copy your husband on correspondence with other men as appropriate. (You may not be able to copy him on work emails, but you can on other things.)
  • Stop reading romantic novels and/or watching romantic movies if they create resentment and jealousy in your heart, even if they are rated G.
  • Get rid of social media if you feel depressed when you read people’s posts or you feel deprived when you see how other people portray their relationships.
  • Put Covenant Eyes or other software on your devices to keep yourself from having access to porn and inappropriate material if that is a temptation.
  • Stop responding to your old boyfriend or that guy from church when they instant message you on FB.
  • Completely stop flirting with any other man (or woman – if you struggle with same sex attraction) but your own husband.
  • Avoid private conversations or meetings with people who may be tempting.
  • Avoid being alone with other men and avoid even the appearance of evil.
  • Refuse to respond to or have contact with any man who acts inappropriately toward you.
  • Avoid threatening or seeking a separation without biblical grounds.
  • Avoid threatening divorce without biblical grounds.
  • If you realize you are daydreaming about another man or lusting after another man, stop. Recognize this is sin. Repent to the Lord. (If you have sinned against your husband, there are times you may need to repent to him, too, depending on the situation.) Turn your heart to the Lord and to your husband and invite God to empower you to take your thoughts captive for Christ.

The world says that freedom is the power to do whatever we want, even if it destroys us or other people.

God’s definition of freedom is that we have the power to live holy lives that please Him and we are free from the prison of sin!

WILL WE BE COMPLETELY PERFECT AFTER WE REPENT?

We won’t be totally sinless until we reach heaven’s gates. We still have access to our old sinful nature and can choose to sin as believers in Christ and we can stumble at times. Thankfully, we don’t ever have to sin, though, because God promises He will provide a way out from all temptation if we look to Him! If we stay filled up with the Spirit, we can walk in Jesus’ power over sin.

If Christ is our LORD – we will hate sin and do everything possible to avoid it and to guard our hearts from temptation. If we do stumble, we will immediately repent and turn back to Him and seek Him with all our hearts.

 

HEBREWS 10  – a very sober warning to us all to live in fear, awe and trembling before the God of heaven.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”  31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

ROMANS 6 – We are no longer slaves to sin if we are in Christ Jesus!

 

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A SHORT LIST OF POSSIBLE SIN (not an exhaustive list)

  • pride
  • idolatry (putting my love for other things/people/desires before God in my life – like my desire for a man, marriage, romance, beauty, children, popularity, fame, money, etc…)
  • any addictions (drugs, alcohol, food, anorexia, bulimia, gambling, social media, etc…)
  • lust/pornography
  • sexual immorality/homosexuality/fornication/adultery/bi-sexuality
  • stealing
  • lies
  • self-righteousness (thinking we are better than other people)
  • forgetting God
  • prayerlessness
  • cheating
  • bribery
  • a short temper
  • contempt, hatred
  • trying to control others
  • people pleasing
  • resentment, bitterness
  • unforgiveness
  • selfishness
  • greed
  • materialism
  • heresy/ungodly teachings
  • worldliness
  • gossip
  • complaining
  • contentiousness
  • apathy towards the Word of God, apathy towards the things of God
  • lack of love for God
  • lack of love for people
  • lack of concern for the poor, the abused, the mistreated, the sick, the imprisoned, the lost
  • and many other things I don’t have room to list here…

Do I Base My MARRIAGE on Emotions/Feelings? Part 2

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“Do I Make Decisions Based on Emotions/Feelings? Part 1”

Let’s stop and talk for a minute about the foundation of marriage.

The world builds marriage on ungodly and unscriptural things – like romantic feelings and infatuation. Sadly, we may have bought into some of the world’s lies without even realizing what we have embraced.

The world says things like:

  • Marriage should be built on Hollywood style “true love” – meaning, an intense infatuation and feelings of romantic love.
  • Romantic love is the greatest love there is.
  • The purpose of marriage is to celebrate romantic love and showcase romantic love – unless romantic love dies, and then you need to leave that marriage to find a more real romantic love.
  • Only marry someone you romantically love and once you get married, you should expect romantic love to be the most important thing every moment of every day. You deserve to live the rest of your life experiencing the intoxicating cocktail of romantic infatuation every waking moment.
  • If you don’t feel romantic love anymore (or right now) in your marriage, then you have lost what is most important in life and it is ok to treat your husband terribly, leave your children, forsake your promises, cheat on your husband or divorce him if you find a “better” romantic lover. Romance and feeling loved in the moment is more important than God, vows, marriage, family, integrity and faithfulness. Romantic love is THE most important goal in life (idolatry of romance).
  • If you marry your “soul mate,” he will never disappoint you, hurt you or upset you and he will lavish you with romantic love, affection and attention 24/7. If your husband is not doing this and not “making you feel happy” or not “making you feel loved” then you obviously chose the “wrong man” and your marriage was a “mistake.” So now, you are free to pursue another man who is willing and able to be your “soul mate” because romantic love is the ultimate goal.
  • Being unhappy, even if only for a day or two, is unacceptable. Happiness is a supreme goal in life (idolatry of happiness).
  • It is your husband’s job to make you happy if you are not happy (idolatry of your husband). He carries all of the responsibility for your happiness and you are not responsible for your emotions or your happiness whatsoever.
  • You are a perfect princess who can do no wrong and it is your husband’s job to please you and submit to your every desire (idolatry of self and being in control ourselves).
  • Your husband exists solely to satisfy your wishes. If he is not doing everything you want him to do, he is a failure as a husband and you are justified in treating him with contempt and any sin in your life is excusable.
  • Your husband is never allowed to sin against you. He must be perfect.

 

For a believer in Christ, the absolute truth of the Word of God is to be the foundation of our lives, our belief systems, our priorities, our marriages, our attitudes, our words, our actions and everything in our lives. This is a VASTLY different foundation for marriage and for life than Disney or Hollywood or our culture promotes.

 

God’s Word says things like:

  • The purpose of marriage is to bring honor and glory to God. (Ephesians 5:22-33)
  • The purpose of my life is to bring honor and glory to God. (Philippians 1:9-11)
  • Jesus is the Rock upon which I can build my life and when I build on Him and the absolute truth of His Word, my life will withstand every trial and test. (Matthew 7:24-27) He is the only one who can complete me and meet my deepest spiritual and emotional needs. No human man can do that for me.
  • Pleasing Jesus and obeying Him is the most important thing  – this is how I show I love Him. John 14:22-24.
  • I am responsible for finding contentment, joy and peace in Christ for myself. Each person is responsible for himself/herself before God. (Philippians 4:12-13)
  • God’s two primary commands to me are to:
  1. Love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength
  2. Love others with the selfless, agape love of God (Matthew 22:37-40)
  • Marriage is a holy and sacred covenant before God between a man and a wife that is binding until death. (Matthew 19:1-11)
  • God doesn’t want humans to separate the marriage union between a husband and wife. That is not His good design. (Matthew 19:1-11)
  • Marriage is based on God’s design and wisdom in Genesis 2, Ephesians 5:22-33, I Corinthians 11:3, Titus 2:3-5, Matthew 19:1-11, etc…
  • Marriage represents the unconditional, agape love of Christ for His people, the church where the husband is to love his wife the way Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her and the wife must respect her husband and honor his God-given leadership. (Ephesians 5:22-33) God’s commands to me as a wife are completely independent of my husband’s behavior (and vice versa for husbands, too). He does not say, “Wives respect your husbands and submit to them IF you feel loved or IF you agree with everything your husbands do.” God simply commands us “Wives must respect your husbands” and “Wives submit to your husbands in everything (as to the Lord).” (For more on this, please check out Spiritual Authority)
  • God wants people to be reached for the gospel of Christ. Marriage is a vehicle for believers to reach their children and many other people with the gospel of Christ as we seek to portray our roles in this living play about the relationship between Christ and His church. If we do not obey God and we dishonor our husbands, not only our marriages and children and husbands suffer, but “the Word of God is maligned” Titus 2:5
  • God’s unconditional agape love is the greatest love there is. (I Corinthians 13:4-8)
  • God, as He reveals Himself to us in the Bible, is the most important consideration in our lives as believers in Christ.
  • God commands us to marry a man who is “in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 7). There is NO mention of infatuation, romance, “soul mates,” “true love” or any of the Hollywood chick-flick ideas in The New Testament. The Song of Solomon does talk about romantic love being part of marriage but it is a part of it, not the whole of marriage.
  • God does command wives to phileo love their husbands in Titus 2:2-5. Phileo is an affectionate, brotherly love.
  • God commands husbands to agape love their wives – which is the unconditional love of God.  Ephesians 5:22-33 He also commands husbands to be gentle with their wives, to honor them and not to be harsh with them. I Peter 3:7
  • Once we are married, there is no concept that “This was a mistake, so I need to find someone else” in the Bible. Once we are married, we are married. Check out Hosea to see an example of the kind of love God has for His people and the kind of love He desires us to have in marriage.
  • We obey God in our marriage and trust Him to lead us and show us what He wants us to do and how He wants us to bring honor and glory to Him in our particular situation.  (if you have severe problems in your marriage, please seek godly, experienced, biblical counsel. If you are in danger, please find safety ASAP if you can. I am not writing for people with severe marriage problems.)
  • All people are wretched sinners according to the Bible. There is no one who is righteous. Not even one who does good.  (Romans 3:10) Women and men are equally sinful (For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23). Our husbands will sin against us at times. And we will sin against them. None of us will be perfect until heaven. God does not excuse us from our marriage vows because of sin with a few possible exceptions. But even then, we are not commanded to divorce and God is able to do miracles. (Matthew 19:1-11, I Corinthians 7, Malachi 2)
  • The way God deals with sin in marriage is that we repent to Him for our sin and He forgives us (I John 1:9) and He empowers us to live in obedience to Him (Galatians 5:22-26). He also commands us to forgive. (Matthew 6) There is grace, mercy and forgiveness available to all of us from God and this same grace, mercy and forgiveness is to flow into our marriages. (Grace Filled Marriage by Dr. Tim Keller)
  • God hates divorce. (Malachi 2)
  • God wants us all to set a godly example for our children so that  godly children may come from our marriages and so that our marriages will point others to Him. (Malachi 2, Deut 6, Titus 2:5)
  • God created romantic love and sex to be available, possible and beautiful in the context of marriage but these are not the ultimate goals of our lives but rather they are fringe benefits and blessings we can experience at times in marriage.
  • Even if we are not feeling romantic love at the time, God still calls us to live in obedience to Him and to walk in faithfulness to Christ and to our husbands. Feelings are not the most important things in God’s economy. We may want to lay our feelings before God and see if there is some area of sin we are struggling with or see if there is a problem that needs to be addressed. But we also can recognize that feelings are not always accurate and not always dependable. Ultimately, God and His Word and our obedience to Him because we love Him so much are what matters most.
  • God commands us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Jesus is our LORD. We answer to Him. We obey Him in all things.
  • The kind of love God wants us to have for all people, including our husbands is His godly, agape love. We are to love our husbands the way God loves us. I Corinthians 13:4-8. Put your name in the sentences and see if you are loving your husband the way God calls you to:

 

April is patient with Greg, April is kind to him in all circumstances.

She does not envy what other wives have, she does not boast about herself to Greg or others, she is not proud (thinking she is always right and Greg is always wrong).

She does not dishonor her husband, she is not self-seeking in her marriage, she is not easily angered by Greg, she keeps no record of wrongs Greg has done to her.

April does not delight when Greg experiences evil (or suffering) but rejoices with the truth.

She always protects Greg, always trusts God, always hopes in God, always perseveres.

April’s love never fails (because it is God’s love flowing through her).

 

TEMPTATION ENTERS MY LIFE:  Will I flirt back or cheat on my husband with this guy who is flirting with me?

FEELINGS may tell me – if this other guy is “cuter,” more wealthy, more “into” me, more “loving” (by my definition) or more interesting and I “feel happier” with him in this moment, then I have the “right” to pursue this new guy without regard for my husband’s feelings, my marriage covenant or God. I should just do what “feels right” or “feels good” in the moment.

GOD’S WORD tells me to be faithful to my husband and faithful to my covenant before God.  I owe my husband my loyalty, honesty, fidelity, consideration, love and respect because I took a vow before God to do this.  Cheating on my husband or even flirting with someone else would definitely not honor Christ and would be extremely unloving and disrespectful towards my husband no matter how I feel about my husband at the moment.

I can acknowledge to myself that this other man is attractive. But I don’t have to act on my feelings. I am not a slave to feelings – praise God! If I followed these sinful feelings, I would destroy my walk with Christ, my marriage and my family. It is not worth it! I can ask God to help me take these thoughts captive and replace them with purposely focusing my attention on my husband and on Christ and His Word. I can ask God to help me wisely protect my heart and my marriage and build a hedge around it so that I do not allow myself to make provisions for my sinful desires and flesh. I can share my temptation with my husband or with a godly mentoring wife who will keep me accountable. God can give me the power to die to my sinful self and to live as a living sacrifice for Jesus, offering the parts of my body as instruments of righteousness to be used of God instead of offering my body to sin. Romans 12:1-2.

 

We will continue this series later this week with more examples about using feelings to make specific decisions vs. using the Word of God to make specific decisions.

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Do I Make Decisions Based on Feelings/Emotions? Part 1

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Emotions and feelings are good gifts God has given to us. Happiness, sadness, fear, anger and nervousness all have purposes in our lives and can be used for good. They help us know when there are problems and to be able to respond to our circumstances and to other people. They also can bring us and others great joy and blessing when we use them properly.

In our culture today, many of us build our entire lives upon our feelings. We make decisions based on “what will make me feel happy right now.”

Feelings are important. They can act as a compass and help us sometimes to know if we are headed in the right direction or not. They can be red flags to show us that we need to examine our feelings and to determine why we feel the way we do so that we can know ourselves, our hearts and make the best decisions.  BUT…

Feelings alone are a very poor foundation upon which to make decisions.

Feelings are not infallible. They are not a source of absolute truth. It is possible to put our feelings above everything else in life. We may even, unconsciously, put our feelings above God in our hearts. We may decide that we have to do “everything” we possibly can to avoid being upset, sad, hurt, scared or unhappy – no matter what the cost. We may decide that we need to put our own current feelings of happiness on the throne of our lives, basing all of our choices upon “what will make me feel happy right now?”

  • When we build our lives on feelings and emotions – we are building on sinking sand. When the storms come, decisions and lives that are built on feelings will collapse because they do not have a firm foundation.
  • Jesus is the Rock. When we build our lives on Him and His Word, we are building our lives on solid ground that will not crumble beneath the load of our lives. When the storms come, our house will stand.

HOW DOES THIS PLAY OUT?

When I face a decision, what level of priority do I give my feelings? Do I make them A factor, or do I make them THE factor?

When I allow my feelings to be in charge, they become tyrannical. Obedience to God easily goes out the window. Love for others becomes “too complicated,” “too costly” or “inconvenient.” If all that matters is my personal happiness in the moment, my deceitful heart can justify any sin against God or against others because my only concern is “I need to feel happy right now.”

When Jesus is my LORD, His Word is the deciding factor. I can certainly express my feelings to God. But then, if Jesus is Lord, I obey God. Period. No matter what my feelings are at the time. I value His wisdom much more than my own and His truth much more than my emotions.

Here is a little secret about obeying God.

Obedience comes first. Feelings usually follow obedience.

But even if good feelings don’t follow my obedience to God, my feelings are not important in comparison with my obedience to God. God calls me to live a holy life, to live in the power of His Spirit, to walk as Christ walked. He says that if I love Him, I will obey Him. He says that those who do not obey Him do not love Him. (John 14:22,24)

God will judge me based on how I lived my life according to His holy standards, not according to my emotions. The only way I can do this is to be filled up with His Spirit, abiding in Him daily and allowing His power to regenerate my spirit. Then He empowers me to live the way He commands me to live in ways I never could on my own. But I must be willing to submit fully to Him and abandon anything He says is sin.

TEARING OUT THE IDOL OF FEELINGS

It can be scary to stop basing our lives on our emotions if that is what we have always done. But there is so much freedom when we allow God’s Spirit to be in charge instead of our feelings! Then we are no longer slaves to our fleeting and ever-changing emotions. Being a slave to our emotions ALWAYS means we will also be a slave to sin. We want to feed the sinful nature and the desires of the flesh when we listen to feelings. When we die to our old sinful nature and live as living sacrifices for Jesus, there is great love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control in increasing measure in our lives.

Now, we allow God to be in charge and we boss our feelings around instead of allowing our feelings to be the boss and dictate what we will do in any situation. God’s Word becomes the standard and pleasing Him becomes our goal.

 

Tomorrow, we will continue this post and talk about some practical examples. 🙂

 

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