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s time has passed and as I have spent time assisting people in furthering their walk with Jesus it is my firm belief the majority of difficulties people experience regarding sexuality and sexual orientation really have nothing to do with these issues.
Rather, I believe they instead wrestle with self-love, self-image, self-acceptance, self-actualization and self-esteem. When these truer issues are addressed in Jesus Christ then the sexuality and sexual orientation will naturally and without effort fall into place and its proper holy expression.
Isn't it time you not only come out to yourself, see yourself and your sexuality in a positive light, in accordance with God's desire and best for you, but to come out openly?
our value and worth is not dependent on what you do, where you live, what you've accomplished, or where you're going. Nor is it dependent on who you're friends are and how many friends you have, where you go to church, how wealthy you are, how poor you are, what you look like, what you don't look like, whether you are in a relationship or not. Your value and worth is dependent on who you are in Jesus Christ. Who you are in Jesus Christ is a child of God, and that is sufficient.
Seeing yourself as a child of God, of inherent worth and value, gives good fertile ground upon which to plant, grow, nurture and harvest a life of positive meaning. You feed yourself upon the Word of God, both the Scriptures and Jesus Christ Himself, your Living Word of God. You water yourself with the Holy Spirit, who, through prayer, fasting, and worshipping, using the fruit of the Spirit, the Law of Love as your guide, you are cleansed, refreshed, grow and are edified. You abide on the Vine of Christ, you strive and struggle not to produce good fruit; you just rest and relax in God, and allow God to teach and nourish you. You allow Jesus to prune your branches, remove the dead ones that do not produce fruit, gently guide and strengthen those which do produce positive growth and edification. You recognize you have been grafted onto the greater Vine, Jesus Christ, through your adoption into the Family of God, whereby God becomes your Da-Da, Jesus your Brother, and other Christians as your siblings.
You recognize you are unique, Loved by God, designed by God. You recognize your sexuality as a part of who you are, and of its value and proper place in your life. You recognize the gift of your sexuality, and your desire to be God's best in it as well as every other aspect of your life. You surrender and submit your sexuality to Christ, whereby Jesus is able to then teach and guide you into the full measure of it, and its proper place and expression. You understand and see being gay as acceptable, that it can be healthy and normal, a part of God's plan for you and your life. You apply the principles of Love to yourself and your sexuality, choose to walk in newness of life and not the old ways, the old patterns of self use and abuse, denial, suppression or repression, or self-hatred. You recognize and reject turning to substance abuse, compulsive and addictive behaviors, and poor relationships, as ways of handling your sexuality and life, and instead embrace Love. You reaffirm your newly found image in Christ, your positive sexuality and sexual orientation, and your nurture it, build positively upon it, and reinforce the good. You nurture and encourage the continual development of new skills, new good qualities of your life and personality. You take better care of yourself, have a more positive and healthy self-esteem. You Love yourself. You Love yourself because you know God Loves and accepts you.
You are of value and inherent worth. You are of value not because of what you do, but because of whom you are, a child of God. You do not have to do anything to gain God's acceptance and Love. You do not have to change your sexual orientation, suppress it or reject it, nor deny it and repress it; instead, you can express it rightly within God's desires and design for you and your Life. You are an individual, unique in creation. No one else has your gifts, talents, or abilities. You have a place in the Body of Christ, of equal value and importance to someone else in the Body. You do not compare yourself to others, but to Jesus; you do not listen to counsel that is not Love, which leads not to your edification and growth, but rather to the Holy Spirit, Christ, and godly people who walk in Love and know Jesus. You have the right, the need to be yourself, totally and completely, including your sexuality. You are not whole, and neither is the Body of Christ, when you are not yourself fully, walking in Love in all you are and do. In the past you did the best you could, not knowing any better, trying hard to live and have meaning, but now you lean on and trust in God's best for you. You let go of past poor self-image, and affirm your new image in Christ. Through Christ you can Love yourself and receive Love.
You can now better handle life and life's situations. You are confronted with many of the same situations, people, events, environments as before, perhaps, but you now have Love and the God of the Universe to handle them properly. Together, you and Jesus work through life instead of avoiding it, handle life instead of denying it, enjoy life instead of hating it. You use the tools God has given you, the skills and qualities to bring about healthy living. In learning to Love self, you desire to take better care of yourself, not abuse your body, mind of spirit. You exercise, watch what you eat and drink, watch what you do and listen to, choose healthy and positive activities. You have fun, enjoy life, and experience it. You risk to live and live life now to it's fullest.
You are now, totally and completely, yourself, on the inside. Now, it's time to be totally and completely you on the outside. You cannot properly and effectively deal with the world around you until you first get some measure of ability to deal with yourself. When you can handle self, you can handle just about anything. It is now time for you to begin, with Jesus' help, to create your own life.
This is your life, it is no one else's; you have the right to it, you have the right to live it, or not. It's your choice. Jesus desires for you to live it, and to live it more abundantly. God wants you not only whole, but living whole, living a good and productive life. You have the right to be yourself. But, you have to walk in yourself and your personal liberties in Christ in Love and respect for the world and people around you. You are called to walk in Love not selfishness. You have the inherent right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," but not at the expense of everyone else. Love builds self and others, and brings them together. You have rights, but it takes Love to walk in those rights with responsibility and wisdom.
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