Godly Relationships 92: FeelingsHebrews 10:38 teaches that we should live by faith. Yet sometimes, despite our best intentions, negative feelings can rob us of the peace and abundance that would otherwise be ours through Christ. When anger or anxiety separates us from the spiritual blessings that God has in store, we must rethink our priorities and renew our faith. And we must place faith above feelings. Human emotions are highly variable, decidedly unpredictable, and often fickle. So we must learn to live by faith, not by the ups and downs of our emotional roller coasters.Godly Relationships 92: Feelings in Philosophical More Like This
Sometimes during this day, you will probably be gripped by a strong negative emotion. Distrust it. Reign it in. Test it. And turn it over to God. Your emotions will inevitably change; God will not. So trust Him completely as you watch your feelings slowly evaporate into thin air-which they will.
Godly Relationships 75: Share Your FaithGenuine faith was never meant to be locked up in the heart of a believer-to the contrary, it is meant to be shared with the world. But, if you sincerely wish to share your faith, you must first find it.Godly Relationships 75: Share Your Faith in Emotional More Like This
How can you find and strengthen your faith? Through praise, through worship, through fellowship, through Bible study, and through prayer. When you do these things, your faith will become stronger, and you will find ways to share your belief with your family, with your friends, with your dates, and with the world. And when you do, everybody wins.
Godly Relationships 15: Impulsive DecisionsThe decision to have sex before you're married or the decision to abstain from it is a choice that will most certainly impact the rest of your life. That decision will play an important role in the way you see yourself, and it will play an important role in the way you view relationships. And of course there's always the chance that your decision to have sex might result in an unexpected surprise.Godly Relationships 15: Impulsive Decisions in Editorial More Like This
Face it: there's a lot riding on the decision to abstain from sex. And because it's an important decision you should think about it and pray about it before you make a decision that might change the direction of your life.
As you're making up your mind about the role that sex will play in your life, trust the quiet inner voice of your conscience, and be obedient to the teachings you find in God's Word. When you do, you'll make the right decision. And you'll be eternally grateful that you did.
Godly Relationships 7: Shared ValuesIf you're still searching for Mr. or Mrs. Right, be patient, be prudent, and be picky. Look for someone whose values you respect, who behavior you approve of, and whose faith you admire. Remember that appearances can be deceiving and tempting. And when it comes to the important task of building a lifetime relationship with the guy or girl of your dreams, pray about it!Godly Relationships 7: Shared Values in Emotional More Like This
If you happen to be one of those very lucky ones who has already fallen madly in love with the same wonderful person who has already fallen madly in love with you, say a great thanks to the Matchmaker in heaven. But if you haven't yet found a soul-mate who honors both you and God, don't fret. Just keep trusting your Father in heaven, and keep yourself open to the direction in which He is leading you. And remember: God wants to give His approval, but He won't give it until He's asked. So ask, listen, and decide accordingly.
Godly Relationships 96: God is WatchingYou can keep some secrets from other people, but you can't keep any secrets from God. God knows what you think and what you do. And, if you want to please Him, you must start with good intentions and a pure heart.Godly Relationships 96: God is Watching in Emotional More Like This
If your heart tells you not to do something, don't do it! If your conscience tells you that something is wrong, stop! If you feel ashamed by something you've done, don't do it ever again! And if your spirit is being crushed by a relationships you're in, escape!
And while you're at it, don't do anything that you wouldn't do if God were standing right behind you, looking over your shoulder...because He is.
Godly Relationships 69: Enthusiasm for LifeAre you "burning" with enthusiasm about your life? If so, congratulations, keep up the good work! But, if your spiritual batteries are running low, prehaps you're spending too much energy focusing on your losses and too little time planning for future victories.Godly Relationships 69: Enthusiasm for Life in Philosophical More Like This
Writer Sara Jordan has this simple (but effective) advice: "Every day give yourself a good mental shampoo."
So if you're feeling tired or troubled don't despair. Instead, take time to count your blessings as you focus on things positive. And while you're at it, seek strength from the Source that never fails. When you sincerely petition God, He will give you all the strength you need to live victoriously through Him.
Godly Relationships 55: CommunicationIf you want to build a strong relationship, you should teach yourself to become an effective communicator. And that's exactly what God wants you to do. God's Word reminds us that "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" (Proverbs 12:18 NIV).Godly Relationships 55: Communication in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Today, make this promise to yourself: vow to be an honest, effective, encouraging, communicator, at school, at home, at church, and everyplace in between. Speak wisely, not impulsively. Use words of kindness and praise, not words of anger and derision. Learn how to be truthful without being cruel. Remember that you have the power to heal others or injure them, to lift others up or to hold them back. And when you learn how to lift them up, you'll soon discover that you've lifted yourself up too.
Godly Relationships 37: Pressure of SexIf you're seeing someone who's pressuring you to become sexually active, here's an important question to ask yourself: Why would you date a person like that? After all, if the person you're dating really cares about you-and if that person wants to spend the rest of his or her life with you-waiting isn't really a sacrifice, it's an honor. But if that person you're dating simply views you as a sexual conquest, then you'd better run in the opposite direction.Godly Relationships 37: Pressure of Sex in Editorial More Like This
Common sense tells you to wait; God's word commands you to wait; an your conscience begs you to wait. So wait! And if somebody tells you to do otherwise, they have absolutely no business dating you.
Godly Relationships 99: Countless DecisionsYour life is an adventure in decision-making...and the same thing can be said of your relationships. If you want to build strong, Christ-centered relationships, you must make wise decisions, and you must make them consistently.Godly Relationships 99: Countless Decisions in Editorial More Like This
Each day, all of us make countless decisions that hopefully bring us closer to God. When we obey God's commandments, we share in His abundance and His peace. But, when we turn our backs upon God by disobeying Him, we invite Old Man Trouble to stop by for an extended visit.
Do you want to be successful in life and in love? If so here's a good place to start: Obey God. When you're faced with a difficult or a powerful temptation, pray about it. Invite God into your heart and live according to His commandments. When you do, you will blessed today and tomorrow and forever.
Godly Relationships 91: PessimismPessimism and Christianity don't mix. Why? Because Christians have every reason to be optimistic about life here on earth and life eternal. As C.H. Spurgeon observed, "Our hope in Christ for the future is the mainstream of our joy." But sometimes, we fall prey to worry, frustration, anxiety, or sheer exhaustion, and our hearts become heavy. What's needed is plenty of rest, a large dose of perspective, and God's healing touch.Godly Relationships 91: Pessimism in Philosophical More Like This
Today, make a promise to yourself and keep it: vow to be a hope-filled Christian. Think optimistically about your life, your family, your future, and your friends. Trust your hopes, not your fears. Take time to celebrate God's glorious creation. And then, when you've filled your heart with hope and gladness, share your optimism with your friends and loved ones. They'll be better for it, and so will you.