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Purifying Questions

12 Mar

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

Pursuing a life of purity is not easy. Society bombards us with messages that seem anything but “pure”, “lovely”, or admirable”. We can face tough situations in which we don’t know what is right or what is wrong. Not everything is black and white. Christians are often known for what they don’t do rather than what they do.

2 Corinthians 6:6 says, “We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.”

God has definitely called us to a higher standard of purity, and these are the things we should be known for as Christians. So how do we decide what is acceptable to God with the choices we make? Here are a few easy questions you can ask when faced by a difficult decision.

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:12

Is it lawful?

There are some things that are black and white in God’s Word. Some easy examples would be the 10 commandments. We are instructed not to murder, steal, lie, commit adultery, etc. These things are not up for discussion. We are instructed to avoid them altogether.

Am I mastered by it?

One of the 10 commandments is that we should have nothing above God in our lives. When we do, these things become idols that keep us from God. Even good things can be idols: our relationships, family, money, etc. Things that are not necessarily bad can come between us and God.

You should also ask yourself the question “Am I mastered by it?” in relation to your activities, hobbies, and what you do with your friends… These things can control us rather than us controlling them.

This also means that even though you may have passed the “is it lawful” test, if you are mastered by something, it’s got to go

Is it beneficial for others?

This is the final question you need to ask. As Christians, we represent Christ. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you are a picture of Christ and people WILL be watching you. So since we have all these people watching us; we need to be more aware of the things we do, places we go, movies we watch, drinks we drink, etc. What might be lawful is not always beneficial for others. If your decisions cause others to stumble and become confused, it’s not worth it. Also, think about your relationship with God. Even if it doesn’t hurt the relationship, does it bring you closer to Him?

1 Corinthians 10:23-24 says, “All things are lawful for me,but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.”

There are some things that we shouldn’t do, just for the sake of those watching us.

“But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.  For if others see you—with your “superior knowledge”—eating in the temple of an idol, won’t they be encouraged to violate their conscience by eating food that has been offered to an idol?” 1 Corinthians 8:9-10

When we partake in activities, we are showing our approval of those things. Actions speak louder than words. We must be careful that our behavior does not encourage others to sin, even if it is unintentional.

Going back to the first verse, the Bible says to think about things that are pure, lovely, excellent… do your thoughts and activities qualify?

I challenge you to ask these questions in all areas of life. In your activities, where you go, what you talk about, what you watch, and what you listen to. These questions will help you set up boundaries in your life to assist you in living the life of purity that we all are called to.

 

Read your Bible

5 Mar

I am always surprised and disappointed by the large amount of Christians who don’t read their Bible. Thousands of Christians have died so that we can have the Bible today, yet we are simply “too busy” to pick it up. This is a very basic and fundamental part of our faith. If you say that you’re a Christian and don’t read the Bible, it’s like taking a class and not reading the text book… You are going to fail. It’s not a hard concept, but here are a few reasons why reading the Bible is so important.

1.   It is Jesus.

1 John 1:1 says, “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. The Bible is Jesus. When we read our Bible, we are in direct relationship with Him.

2.   It is alive.

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” The Bible is not just a book. As I said in the last point, it is literally Jesus- alive and breathing. The Bible has the power to speak to us on levels that no other book can. It can examine our deepest motives and desires.

3.   It is written by God.

I Peter 1:20-21 says, “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” The Bible is not a book merely written by men. The Bible was literally written by God (through the prophets) for us, and in it we find the answers to all of our questions.

4.   It speaks.

When you ignore God’s Word, you are ignoring God’s voice. You are eliminating one of the primary ways he speaks to us on a regular basis. The Bible encourages us and also convicts. 1 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” The Bible will keep us on the right track. It will convict us in areas, encourage us, and give us more passion for Christ.

5.   It is relevant.

The Bible is timeless and eternal. Luke 21:33 Jesus says,” Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  A lot of people look at it as a book that was written by a bunch of old dudes thousands of years ago… so what could it possibly have to say that is relevant to our lives today? I challenge you to give it a try.

 

What you should do:

  • Find a translation you can understand. Many people give up on reading the Bible because they can’t understand the language in which it is written. Find a translation that works for you. I recommend NIV (New International Version), NLT (New Living Translation), or The Message. God will speak to you regardless of the translation you choose.
  •  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and speak to you. Before you start reading, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and help you understand.
  • Read it every day. Consistency is the key. Try to read some every day, even if it is just a little bit. There is no substitute for the Bible. Church, podcasts, and worship music cannot do what the Bible can.
  • Talk about it. Reading the Bible without thinking about it is like eating a meal without digesting it. Thinking and talking about it will help you to digest it. Deuteronomy 6 gives us practical instructions on how to do this. It says this about the scriptures: “Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
  •  Read, re-read, and memorize it. Because the Bible is alive, you can read it 100 times and God will still teach you something from it. We should also memorize it and hide it in our hearts to help us serve God better.
  • Just do it. It doesn’t matter whether you do it in the morning or at night, in your bedroom or at Starbucks, on your phone or from a Bible… How you do it isn’t what matters, it’s just that you do it.

 

On a personal note: I can say that the Bible is amazing because of what it has done for me. I am constantly challenged by what it has to say. God speaks to me through His word on a regular basis. When I read it I feel closer to God and am inspired to serve Him more.

Give God the chance to speak into your life. Read your Bible.

 

Seek First

27 Feb

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:31-33

Short verse, but there is a lot packed into it! Let’s break it down.

1. “Seek the kingdom of God above all else.”

According to the dictionary, the definition of seek is: 1. To try to find or discover by searching or questioning, 2. To try to obtain, 3.  To go in search or quest of.

So, we are basically told to pursue the Kingdom of God, or the things of God. Easy enough, right? Until you add on the last phrase. Jesus tells us to pursue the things of God… above all else.

Ouch. Above ALL else. That means you can fill in the blank with just about everything.

Seek the Kingdom of God above your career.

Seek the Kingdom of God above finding a boyfriend.

Seek the Kingdom of God above your education.

Seek the Kingdom of God above money.

Seek the Kingdom of God above planning a wedding.

Seek the Kingdom of God above your family.

You get the idea. He is literally saying to seek God, before seeking all of these other things. When we replace seeking God with seeking these things, they become idols in our lives. These things become our gods.

2. “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers.”

I think this is pretty easy to see. People spend their whole lives worrying about their social status; how much money they can get, how many possessions they can store up, what school their kids go to. However, Jesus says that compared to the Kingdom of God, these things are meaningless.

He also says that as believers we are to be different. Our lives and thoughts should be different than unbelievers.

Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

We are to be different from unbelievers because we have something that they don’t. A heavenly Father that cares for our every need and who will be faithful to provide for us. Let him transform you into the person you are meant to be in him.

3.  “Live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

We are instructed to seek God’s Kingdom AND live righteously. Those two things go hand in hand. We are told to pursue the things of God, while living a life pleasing to Him.

That’s not all. The best part comes after all of that. He says if we do these things, He will give us everything we need. Yes, EVERYTHING! That’s why we don’t have to fill our brains with these meaningless worries. He will give us everything we need (notice it doesn’t say everything we want). God is going to take care of everything, as long as we keep Him first.

We shouldn’t worry about these meaningless things. However, that’s easier said than done. It is a day by day battle to keep Jesus number one in our lives.

 

Looking back to the main verse, He gives us these step by step instructions. If we remember these 3 things it will help us to keep Jesus number 1.

1. Pursue Him above all else.

2. Live righteously.

3. He will take care of everything we need.

Begin seeking God. Some very practical ways to start or continue seeking God are through reading His word and praying. There is no substitute for these basic things in your relationship with God

So girls, if you want to find a man… seek Him first.

If you need a job… seek Him first.

If you don’t know what the next step for your life is… seek Him first.

It’s that simple.

 

Think about it…

What are you seeking first in life?

 

 

Our Love Story

22 Feb

In light of recent events… (getting engaged!) I was inspired to put our love story into writing. I’ve told it many times but never actually got to write it down. Plus some of you may be wondering how we came to be together.

The first time I met Cameron…. I have no memory of! We actually grew up in the same church together. My mom raised me there since birth and he began coming when he was young as well. We have a slight age difference (about 4 and a half years) so we were usually separated by our ages. He actually taught me in kid’s church on occasion! (Kind of creepy, haha) We spent many years together in our church’s youth ministry and we were both on it’s leadership team. He continued to be a helper when he was past the age group, so we spent many years planning events, going to bible studies, in prayer times, and just hanging out. It’s hard to remember what I was thinking back then. We were friends, but not especially close. I always remember having a great respect for him, and thinking he deserved a really great girl someday. I never really had a crush on him because our difference in age seemed so huge back then (He was 20 when I was 15… yikes!) But I always thought very highly of him and his family.

This picture was taken back in 2008 at the youth ministry we both served in.

In the summer of 2009 Cameron had a crazy idea that would change my life forever. Cameron was pastoring the college ministry of our church at the time. He had been feeling like God was calling him to plant a church for a while. When he took a trip to England for 3 weeks, God confirmed this call in crazy ways. (That’s a story for another day!) In 2009, I graduated from high school. I just started attending the college ministry that summer and had plans to attend community college and play volleyball. One night, Cameron made the official announcement that he was planning on leaving the college ministry to start a church. He said that if we felt like God was calling us to join this church plant, we were to seriously pray about it for a week and then talk to him. I can’t describe what I felt that night. I just knew God was telling me to go. I couldn’t imagine going to a church without him and his family. They had been such a great influence in my life. But more than that, God was telling me. I couldn’t not go! It was incredibly scary. I had been at the church we were at my WHOLE life. It was all I’d ever known. I was leaving everything familiar to join a group of people. We had no name, no building, just a call from God. That night I caught Cameron after service and told him I felt like God was telling me I was supposed to be a part of this. He was surprised and he prayed for me. I told him I would continue to pray and seek God about it, but I was pretty sure I was going. I remember feeling that even though I had so many new things coming up…new school , new team, etc… That none of that mattered in comparison. So I went.

Cameron and his mom Deb baptizing me in 2009.

There were less than 20 of us who left to join this church plant. Cameron was my pastor now! We spent a lot of time planning, praying, and meeting together. It was the most scary, exciting, and refreshing time of my life. At the end of 2009, we started to do the Alpha course as a team. One week in the course, there is a “Holy Spirit Weekend”. During this weekend, we spent a lot of time praying and seeking God.  During one prayer time, Cameron went around and prayed for each person individually. I will never forget what he told me. He said that he felt like God wanted him to give me this verse. It was Luke 22:31-32. It says “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” Cameron then said “When I look at you I see something special, unlike any other woman.” To be honest, I had no idea what any of that meant. The verse was odd and I was wondering why he said I was special? I wrote it down though, in case one day I understood. And sure enough I did.

Our church plant team.

Fast forward a few months. I was in the second semester of my first year of college. I have had seasons of depression in my life, but this was by far the worst. I couldn’t even find the motivation to get out of bed in the morning. I skipped class a lot and was failing some classes. I felt so disconnected from God. I was hanging out with friends that weren’t good for me. I felt like such a hypocrite. I remember thinking that if I couldn’t even feel God, how was I supposed to be in a church plant that was reaching out to people? At that time, our church plant had begun helping another church with their worship team so we were attending there on Sunday mornings. It was about a 40 minute drive from my town. I remember one day in particular, on the drive there, I was thinking about everything. It was this day in particular that I decided I had to leave the church… at least for a little bit. I thought I was not where I needed to be spiritually and I wanted to stop pretending I was. I made up my mind that I would tell Cameron after service. So I went to service that day. I remember trying to worship but still feeling so far away from God. I prayed that God would speak to me through the message before the pastor started. What happened blew my mind!

The pastor began her message with the very verse that Cameron had prayed over me… Luke 22:31. Now I don’t know about you, but I have never heard a message on this verse. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Could God have spoken to me any more clearly? But it wasn’t just that, it was the actual meaning of the verse that spoke to me. It says “Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat”…and that was exactly what was happening. Satan was trying to get me to leave the very place that God called me to be. I realized what was happening. But it’s the next verse that is even crazier, the part that says “But I have pleaded in prayer… that your faith should not fail.” God made it abundantly clear that I was undergoing an attack from Satan, but that he was fighting for me to stay. The whole experience is the craziest encounter I’ve ever had with God. I can’t believe that he cares for me enough to speak to me in that way through his word, then through Cameron, then through the pastor!  Once again, I was reminded… this is where I was supposed to be! There was no way I was supposed to leave. After service our other pastor, who just happens to be Cameron’s mom, felt that the message was for me. She couldn’t have been more right. I told her everything that had been going on, and also had her pray for me. But that’s not all. After we prayed, she told the pastor that her message had really spoken to me. She told her all about the verse and how it had special meaning to me. The pastor was amazed… that verse hadn’t even been in her message. She added it in last minute after feeling like God wanted her to share it. Whoa. I realize how crazy that sounds! God absolutely blew my mind. I walked out changed. I texted Cameron a thank you that day for sharing that verse with me months before, and told him that God had used it in a powerful way.

After that, I really began to seek God and try to figure out what his plan for my life was. I like to read, so I picked up the book Chazown by Craig Groeschel. It said “Find God’s vision for your life”… so I figured I’d give it a try! The book was amazing and I was uncovering things about myself that I had no idea were there. I was really praying through it and God was showing me some amazing things. I wrote down all my thoughts about it in a notebook.

One night in April of 2010, at one of our normal meetings for the church plant, after we were all done, Cameron pulled me aside and said, “let’s talk.” I remember feeling very scared… I thought I was in trouble! He told me that while he was praying for me one day, He had a vision of me teaching young girls and wasn’t sure if that meant anything to me.  I was absolutely shocked. I grabbed my notebook and tried to flip to a page where I had just written some things from the book. I found the page and on it had 2 words… “Young girls.” We were both kind of freaked out and just in awe of God! It was a confirmation for me that this was my calling. Then he prayed for me that God would keep helping me to find and follow his vision for my life. After the prayer we hugged. We had hugged probably hundreds of times before this, but Cameron said that this night something changed like a switch being flipped. In that moment he looked at me in a different way.

After that night Cameron made a special effort to talk to me and we began to develop a relationship other than just pastor/member. We started to talk as friends. And we started to really like each other! I never knew he was so goofy! I was surprised by how much fun we had together. In June 2010 we started officially dating.

After a year and a half of dating, we began to really try to seek God for where he was leading our relationship. We fasted for one week… and not just food. We fasted from speaking to each other. We really just wanted to seek God without any distractions. So after a week with no food and no talking… we were pretty miserable to be honest! We got together that weekend to reunite and see what we each felt God was saying. We talked for a while then finally Cameron said, “If you had to describe what you felt in one word, either wait or go, which would it be?” We counted to 3 and said it at the same time. We both said go. We felt that God was okay with us pursuing marriage at that time. It was really hard… but it was worth it.

The day Cameron asked me to marry him.

In February of 2012 he asked me to marry him in the same church that God spoke to me that day early 2010. If it weren’t for God stepping in, I would have left the church and we never would’ve happened. It was the first time God fought for our relationship.

I realize that this is just the beginning of our story. We already have seen God move in amazing ways while we have been dating, and I can’t wait to see what God does in the coming years in our marriage.

The reason I love our story so much is because; if you take God out of it, it doesn’t work. There’s no way we would be together if it weren’t for God. I realize that it is weird! Definitely not your typical love story! But that’s a good thing. The Bible says we are supposed to look different from the world, which means that our loves stories should look different than the world’s. And it doesn’t really make sense! I can’t explain what “changed” in Cameron that night or why we had known each other our whole lives and never felt anything before. But that’s exactly what happened! It was all God.

I can say without a single doubt that Cameron is God’s best for me. He is the kind of man that God would want me to be with. But not only that, he IS the man that God wants me with! After all God has done, there is no way I would try to pretend that I’m not supposed to be with him. There have been times where the reality of the enormous burden of marrying a pastor has scared me. I wanted to run. But there’s no way I can. God has made it too obvious that we are supposed to be together.

I don’t tell you my story to brag about our love, or my fiancé. I tell it to give glory to God. Without him there would be no us. God is that good and cares about us that much. I tell it to challenge you not to settle for less. I want you to have an amazing love story that doesn’t work without God in it. Don’t accept anything less! Let God write your love story and I promise it will be amazing, more special and unique than anything Hollywood could produce. Plus, it will be all yours. And you will tell it for the rest of your lives, thanking God and giving him glory for how great he is.

 

This Weekend…

17 Feb

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…unless you’re married.

 

Have a good weekend!

XO Aimee

 

Stop Waiting

13 Feb

Growing up in church, girls often have the same ideas drilled into our heads over and over. A very common one for girls is: WAIT. Wait to have sex till you’re married. Wait for God to bring you your husband. Wait and everything will turn out fine.

While I agree with the heart of these messages, I think they can sometimes get messed up when put into action.

First of all, are these messages biblical?

Waiting to have sex till marriage definitely is. God’s plan for every person is that they wait to have sex until they are married.

What about waiting for a man?  The idea of waiting is definitely biblical.

The word wait appears 129 times in the Bible.

We are told to “eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Cor. 1:7), and to “wait for the blessed hope —the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:13).

The Bible tells us to wait for a man.

This man is not you future husband. This man is Jesus.

We should be waiting for Jesus and living a life of service to him, not living a life temporarily paused until we find the right guy. If you’ve found Jesus, you’ve already found the right guy. You don’t need to wait for anything more to start your life.

Your life begins when you accept Christ, not when you get married. God’s plan to bring you a husband is only a part of the big picture.

I’ve seen too many girls get so caught up in waiting for a man that they never do ANYTHING for Christ.  They don’t want to really commit to a ministry or discover their calling any further because they’re still waiting for a husband and well… he may have different plans.

Your future husband, if he’s a true follower of Christ, will be pumped out of his mind that you are actually doing something with your faith! Real Christian guys like real Christian girls. If you’re not doing anything with your faith, maybe that’s why you attract guys that aren’t doing anything with their faith either. A real Christian guy will encourage you to do even more for Christ.

Stop waiting and start walking. Shift your focus from waiting for a husband to serving Christ.

To clarify, I am not against the idea of waiting for God to bring you a man. I think that His timing is perfect and we should let Him ultimately be in control of who we end up with. My point is that life shouldn’t just be about waiting. You can wait while you walk.

Girls, please stop waiting and start walking out your faith! Your life doesn’t begin when you find a husband. God has a great plan for your life and, believe it or not, it starts BEFORE you find a man.  So many girls waste precious year waiting when they could be doing great things for God.

God isn’t going to reward you for how long you spent patiently waiting; He is going to reward you for the things you’ve done for his kingdom.

Serving God and finding His plan for your life will give you satisfaction that a man can’t. Don’t get me wrong, marriage is an amazing gift from God and He will definitely use that in your life.  However, nothing on this earth will ever satisfy your soul’s need for God except walking with Him and serving Him.

So girls, I propose we stop waiting and start walking! Who is with me?

 

Think about it…
What do you think God is leading you to do? He has a special calling for each of us. If you don’t know yet but you want to, I encourage you to check out this book Chazown. This is what really helped me figure out what I am passionate about and what I believe God wants to use me for.

 

 

 

Where are your accusers?

5 Feb

This story is often called “the woman who was caught in adultery.” Not the most flattering thing to be known for. She has no name. Her sin is what identifies her. We don’t know how old she was or if she had any kids, we simply find her in this situation in Luke 8:1-11.

The story says that Jesus was speaking to a crowd when all of a sudden the religious leaders interrupted. They had a woman with them who had been caught in the act of adultery, which most likely means she was having sex with another woman’s husband.

The laws at this time ordered this woman to be stoned to death because of her sin and the people were prepared to do it. They were just waiting on Jesus’ approval.

Pause: Can you imagine what this woman was feeling? Here she was completely exposed in front of a crowd of people, the religious leaders, and Jesus. Everyone knows her sin and she is about to be stoned to death. Can you imagine the shame she felt? How would you feel if your sin was out in the open for everyone to see… including Jesus?

If you don’t know the end of this story, you might think that Jesus scolded her.  Maybe He preached at her about how she is wicked and going to hell for her sin. Maybe he picked up a rock and joined in with the people to punish her for her actions.

But he didn’t. How Jesus responded confounded the religious people. But, Jesus never did anything predictable.

Pause:  Think about what your first response is when you hear about a woman sleeping with someone else’s husband. We usually assume the worst about a person’s character. 

Jesus does not define her by her sin. 

How Jesus responded is the key. The people are getting ready to stone her when Jesus says, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” There is only one person who qualifies.

That person is Jesus. Jesus is the only person who has never sinned, and would have the right to throw the first stone and condemn the woman for her sin. But he doesn’t.

Jesus waits around until all the people leave, until it is just him and the woman. He asks her, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”  She answers, “No, Lord.” He says, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more. “

Jesus, the savior who died for the sins of the world, the only person who never sinned, is face to face with this woman caught in sin, yet he does not condemn her.  He saves her life and all he asks is that she goes and sins no more. He didn’t ask about the details of her past or what she had done, He simply tells her to sin no more.

I hope this encourages you.

We have all sinned. None of us have the right to judge one another because we are all guilty when we stand in front of Jesus.

Maybe you have a past that you are ashamed of, and you think that you could never come close to Jesus because of your sin.

Or maybe you are involved in sin right now and too scared to come close to Jesus.

Jesus does not define you by your sin.

He is not going to pick up the stone against you. The same that was true for the woman is true for you today, He does not condemn you. He already knows all you’ve done and where you’ve been. All that he cares about is that you come to him, and then go and sin no more.

Where are your accusers? Who can condemn you? If Jesus doesn’t, then NO ONE CAN.

So do as Jesus says, go and sin no more. You have been forgiven. No one can condemn you.

 

Think about it…

Do you relate to the woman in this story?

What does Jesus’ response mean to you?

 

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Welcome :)

5 Feb

Hi! Welcome to the very beginning of my blog.

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I look forward to providing you with information to encourage you and help you understand more of what God’s plan is for us as women.

XO Aimee