Consummate! I believe this sermon would be very well received by many. And absolutely a pill easy to swallow but has great effects for those whom are wanting a greater depth of love and obedience to God the Father through His Son.
A Real Eye Opener If you don't think you need improvement in the area of favoritism, think twice, pray hard and listen to this sermon. I have been truly blessed to have been admonished, reproofed and encouraged by this message even though I didn't think I needed it!
Answering Anonymous Question pt.2 ...continued...
To the first point: Good, pleasing God should be our prime motive (cf. 2 Cor. 5:9)
Second: This is a matter for prayer and personal inventory. Becoming a Christian means we have to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. Our allegiance to Christ will cost us things. I am not saying that tattoos are something you need to drop, but think about your pattern of life. How has it changed; what have you left behind? When you say I â€śloveâ€ť, that is a strong statement. Would you be willing to give it up if God wanted you to?
Third: this is a matter of pastoral counsel. If you do not have a pastor, that would be a problem right there. I would ask if it is justifiable to continue being inked just because you now â€śonly get biblical scripture or picturesâ€ť. I would question the notion of taking things we used to or still â€śloveâ€ť and simply thinking that we can â€śbaptize them into sanctityâ€ť.
Fourth: Romans 14:22-23 â€“ if you are in doubt about whether or not something is sin, you shouldnâ€™t go ahead, because if you do, you are doing something that you think might be sin. And that is a sinful attitude in itself.
God bless you as you seek to please Him.
Answering Anonymous Question This will have to be in more than one part...
I do not know you or your motives. I cannot read your heart or your mind. However, I can read your words, and I do think that they tell us some important things.
First, you are concerned about pleasing God â€“ you entitled your comment â€śsanctificationâ€ť
Second, you are passionate about the issue â€“ you say, â€śI love ink (tattoos)â€ť
Third, this is something you loved before you became a Christian â€“ â€śSince I've become a Christian, I only get biblical scripture or picturesâ€ť
Fourth, although you have continued the practice since becoming a Christian, you are unsure about it â€“ but have been told I am still just feeding my "fleshly desires". Do you agree with what I've been told?
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Sanctification I love ink (tatoo's). Since I've become a Christian, I only get biblical scripture or pictures, but have been told I am still just feeding my "fleshly desires". Do you agree with what I've been told?