You can keep sinning, and God will just keep forgiving you, no matter what. This is true, but it doesn’t matter, because: you don’t want to keep sinning. Sin has, time and again failed on its promise to satisfy, and God has always satisfied. God isn’t afraid of the bond you have with your sin because He knows it’s already letting you down. You want more, and He wants more for you.
One day, your homosexual friend might come around to the beauty of a biblical marriage between one man and one woman. One day, your friend might understand that you respect him or her no matter what. One day, your friend might look at your marriage and want something like that, if there is something worth showing (oh church, if you’d only see yourselves). One day, your friend might be hit with the true heart of the Gospel and experience the total grace of Jesus — one day.
But whether or not that happens, you keep loving on your friend. Dang it, we better love this world like crazy. No one is a project. We are not “superior” to them. We are not the harbinger of justice or Advice-Robot 2000 or the fixer of all things wrong. You are one flawed human being who is called to love another flawed human being. You love them. Jesus died for you and for them too.
I crave you
in the most
for I crave to say
and give you
and to say
that I adore you
when you feel
at your worst.
I crave you
where I just
want to be
next to you
more or less.
Find the things that stir your affections for Christ and saturate your life in them. Find the things that rob you of that affection and walk away from them. That’s the Christian life as easy as I can explain it for you.
You can look at a scar and see hurt, or you can look at a scar and see healing.
There’s no need to wait for the bad things to be over. Change now. Love now. Live now. Don’t wait for people to give you permission to live, because they won’t.
And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.
Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing)