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Homosexuality, Discipline at Ipon Bago Ikasal….

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1. I’ve been brought up in a loving Christian home but have struggled w/ same sex relationships..Never had sex but did everything close to it. I know it’s wrong but I was stubborn and disobeyed the Lord. What to do now? Will He still forgive? Any advice?

Thank you for your honest question. I will answer this with a biblical worldview so some of the readers might disagree with me but I do hope we can agree to disagree and I am just stating biblical worldview. So with that, let me say first that I admire your wanting to change and repent. God did not design us to have same sex relationships romantically. I also want to assure you that God forgives – no matter what sin that is. 1 John 1:9 says If we confess our sins He is faithful and just will forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

After being forgiven, here is something you might want to consider doing on a regular basis to stay away from sin:

Getting free and staying free are different things but they involve the same process: Repentance, putting off the old and putting on the new. You need to practice all three in a regular basis, for the rest of your life. – Tim Challies

Praying for you brother!

2. Disciplining myself or having discipline is the hardest thing for me to do and one thing that hinders me is my struggle with apathy/indifference (which leads me to sin sometime because of my idleness). What should I do Pastor?

I’ll quote my answer above to answer your question:

Getting free and staying free are different things but they involve the same process: Repentance, putting off the old and putting on the new. You need to practice all three in a regular basis, for the rest of your life. – Tim Challies

Choosing to be lazy or apathetic is choosing a mediocre life. Christ did not die on the cross to make us lazy. He actually gives us the grace to work hard. Sabi nga nila, kung ayaw madaming dahilan, kung gusto gagawa ng paraan. Once you start to see that discipline is God’s way for us to achieve more, you will be able to achieve more. Perspective lang yan bro. Sige, mahaba na tong sagot ko, magtratrabaho pa ako!

3. Pastor, magkano ba dapat ang ipon para pwede na magpakasal?

Actually walang isang sagot sa tanong mo. Magkano nga ba ang ipon na kailangan para magpakasal. Ang tamang tanong eh sino ang papakasalan mo?

Naalala ko when I was courting Thammie I showed her how much money I have in the bank. Nung nakita niya lalo siyang na in love sa akin… joke lang. I have to show her how much lang ang nasa bank account ko and is she willing to lower her standard of living for a season but I did promise her that I will provide for her faithfully kasi mandate ni Lord sa atin yan as men.

So kung ang nililigawan mo eh medyo sosyal at mataas ang standard of living at ayaw mag compromise – pakiusapan mo. Kung ayaw makinig, paalala ko lang na pinasukan mo yan at alam mo naman ang taste niya so kausapin mo ulit and work out a plan na win-win situation kayong dalawa.

Sa mga girlfriends naman – isa sa mga stress ng guys ang pera at ang pagipon. We work hard to give our woman a decent wedding. Huwag din unrealistic na gusto mo bongga ka day na wedding kung ang budget ay di naman bongga. Work with your man on the budget para alam mo din lung hanggang saan lang ang pwede realistically pero huwag tanggalin ang element of faith and believing God for provision.

 

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