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veryone seems to "know" what Christianity is, but few can agree about how to live it. It's easy if you follow the original model, Jesus; it's easy to get off base if you take your focus off of Him. Much of what people think is Christianity is really religion. There is a difference. If you are not sure what the differences are, I suggest you read my article True Verses False Christianity, and then return to these pages to learn how to live a healthy and productive Christian Life.
ou can be a Gay Christian and error; you cannot be a Gay Christian and walk in error; there is a difference, and neither is good. Walking in Love, being free from the Law, does not give you a license to "do your own thing," to "do what you think is good or right in your own sight," nor justify your wrong behaviors or attitudes by repeating the Scriptures which say we are not "to judge one another."
Anything done outside the Law of Love is not for the best, and may causes separation. You may stumble, but you should not knowingly follow a path of behavior or attitude you know is in contrast to what God has revealed as right and good for you, grieving the heart of the Holy Spirit. The Love of God is not like the love of men; God's Love does not seek its own way, is not jealous, easily provoked, refrains from evil and rejoices not in wrongdoing but in the truth; God's Love is not selfish, unselfish, but selfless, self-sacrificing. Romans 6:15-22; I Cor. 13:4-8; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:22-32; 5:1-2; I Thess. 4:9; James 4:17; I John 1:5-6, 8.
Either way, if you do error, you have an advocate with God, Jesus Christ; seek and receive forgiveness and restoration of fellowship and communion with God, yourself and others. There is no error so great God's Love for you is not greater still, no pit you find yourself in so deep God's Love for you is not deeper still, no distance from God so great in which the loving arms of God cannot stretch to find and embrace you. Isaiah 40:11; 55:7; Heb. 4:16; I John 2:1.
Remember Jesus' parable of the prodigal son, who, after spending his parent's inheritance on wild living, determined to return home and seek a place of servanthood rather than sonship, feeling unworthy to be called "son." But his parent was waiting for him, searching the horizon for his return and upon seeing him, waited not for him to walk the rest of the way home, but ran and met him, embraced and kissed him, dismissed the request for employment, called his wayward child "son," and commanded a celebration for the joyous child who was "lost but now found, dead and is now alive again." Parent's Love is not determined by the behavior of the child but simply because the child is. Luke 15:11-32.
Yes, you can hurt, disappoint and grieve your Parent, God, but God's Love for you is unchanged and you are ever regarded as a child of God; even if you have walked away from God, God's Love remains, ever waiting and hoping for your return, eager to embrace, kiss you, restore to you that which was lost or abused. The choice is yours, God waits, willing and eager to guide, help you grow, but never violating your free will to choose, for Love must ever be freely given and received to be Love. God's Love for you is unchanging even though you may change your position in relationship with God.
Just as you cannot do anything to earn your adoption into God's family, so is there nothing you can do to earn or gain God's forgiveness, that was done and taken care of by Jesus. You have God's promise: if you confess your error, God will faithfully and justly forgive and cleanse you; as far as the east is from the west, so far does God remove your confessed past error from you. Psalm 103:10-13; Eph. 2:8-10; I John 1:7, 9.
My Gay Christian friend, if you fall short of how you should walk, confess it, turn away from it, and go on. God forgives you; you should also forgive others and yourself. Jesus commands you to love and forgive those around you, try to show them Jesus in you; you should goal to win your enemies hearts not wring their necks. Jesus told us if, while praying, we recall someone holding something against us (not us against someone) we should go, be reconciled, then return to our prayers; how can we expect God to forgive and restore us if we refuse to forgive and restore relationship with others.
We have liberties in Christ, but we should not use them selfishly but walk in Love with other people, God and self. Not everything is black and white, mostly gray, in how they are manifested or walked in can give rise to either error or edification. For some people some things are not right for them, but for others it is their liberty in Christ; learn the difference.
Surprisingly, the person often least forgiven is yourself. If you have sinned and sought and received God's forgiveness, what right do you have to hold unforgiveness against yourself, calling yourself unclean when God calls you now clean? God doesn't remember past confessed errors. Yet, it is easy for you and I to remember our past shortcomings; we need to embrace God's view of forgiveness. Isaiah 43:25; Matt. 5:23-24; 44-48; I John 2:9-11.
If you've fallen short of God's best for you, and in reading this God shows you areas of your life in need of healing, cleaning and forgiveness, I invite you to pray this prayer:
In Jesus parable of the sower planting seed, He said seeds thrown which do not take root represents people who hear God's Word but don't let it take root in their hearts, or it may sprout but withers at the first sign of hard times or gets choked by the distractions, cares and lusts of the world. But those who hear God's Word and receive it, understand and apply it to their lives are those who bring forth much good fruit. Scriptures teach Faith without Works is dead; if you are truly Christ's then you will show fruit of your new birth, your life shall be a light revealing Jesus to people. Gay Christians call upon God to renew their minds, way of life and thinking, let Jesus live through them. Gay Christians are called to walk in Love, show the Fruits of that Love by right actions and living. The fruit born of the Holy Spirit within the open growing heart of a believer is Love, and from that Love comes actions of joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; in walking in God's Love, that is the law. Matt. 13:3-23; Romans 12:2; Galatians 5:22-25; James 1:22-25; 2:19-24.
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