Live Blog: “grow” week at MBI-Spokane: Session III

“I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way he loves us.”

What an awesome and powerful truth.  The love of Christ is so overwhelming, so consuming, that when we contemplate it, we simply do not have time to hold on to our regrets, our guilt, our shame.  And is there anything that haunts us more than the sexual sin of our past?  What if I fall back into that temptation again?  How will my past affect my relationships in the future?  Will anyone actually love me through all of my iniquity?  Christ, let your love flow down on us; let it wash away our regrets.

Hot tubs.  What is needed to enjoy them?  Well, we need to come in prepared to enjoy a hot tub in the right way with the right attitude, we need hot water, and we need the jets.  Ryan connects these needs for enjoyment of a hot tub to the needs for enjoyment of a right sexual relationship.  In order to enjoy sex, we need to approach this sacred union with the right attitude, amongst other needs (forgive me for not getting them all down).

Is sexual purity worth fighting for?  If offered $3 million to remain a virgin until married, does that make it worth it?  Does a right understanding of the gravity of sin make it worth it?  Justified by the blood of Christ we may be, but the one who paid it all for us also commanded us to lay aside the sins of our past.  If all to him we truly owe, an offering of a pure and holy life is surely worth fighting for.

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep repeating it, and eventually we’ll all believe it.  “You need variety in your sexual life,” Satan whispers over and over again into our ears.  “Do you really want to be tied down to the same person until death parts you?” he asks.  “Why not mix it up with other partners?”  Lord, command him to get behind you and out of our lives!

We are set free from the sinful ways of our past.  Christ has given us a wholly new life.  This includes our thought life.  We are no longer bound to a life filled with regret.  Praise God.

“…grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16

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