A Letter

A Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus...
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, blessed be the name of Lord for all your purposes and destinations set by Our Father.

I write to all friends and family; I have been convicted deeply to not only tell of the joy I have found but the struggle I had to go through for it to be given.

I was broken and tormented by self-doubt and hatred which in turn lead me to lust and pride. I pray for you all that none of you enter the same struggle I willingly submitted to. If you do perhaps face persecution from any internal or external forces, I pray for to endure in faith so that, as the apostle Paul says, “so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”. I tell you now, it is because of hardships of all sorts, my faith has been encouraged. The Lord came to my aid and gave peace to my mind in my anxieties and distresses. I pray for you all to have the strength to wait upon the Lord—for He will come. I also pray for your dedication to the Word, for it was when I refused to open His Book, I struggled with lust, self-hatred, and immaturity. I pray for you all to meditate daily on, both in the morning and the end of the day, the Bible. And throughout your days and dreams be contemplating the scriptures. I will claim, if you refuse to read His Word, you will suffer, not because of God’s wrath but from your own unwillingness to gain wisdom. I have suffered much because of my lack of commitment to God’s gifts, His Word. I finally pray for your bonds with each other to remain strong because of your common faith. For regardless of what varying values, political beliefs, and traditions, I pray we might be united under the banner of Jesus Christ. I also pray that you are united in all these things (values, political beliefs, and traditions) because if we follow Christ’s ways our differences will be vanquished. But for the sake of taking the time to grow in Christ, do not grow in anger towards one another, but grow in love so that you may be able to have joy at the end of day. I pray for you sisters, that your beauty and worth is not determined by this world and its foolish standards, but you are defined by what Christ made you—daughters of Christ. I pray for you brothers, that the temptations you face do not shame you, but you would rely on Jesus’ payment to help you fight the deathly thoughts of lust and shame so that victories will be made in His Name. I have struggled with lust, shame, worth, purpose, and identity but the Lord has shown me the truths of these things. He brought me out of my filth, renewed my body and mind. I pray you realize He will and is probably doing the same for you.

I thank God for every single one of you, the few who have wronged me and the many who have blessed me. I thank God for those who have wronged because it is through the struggle I have felt God humble me. I thank God for those who have blessed me because it through the memories I have become joyful in the Lord.

Be thankful for the Lord is near and is the great comforter. He will guide and aide you through your troubles. He will carry your burdens. Praise be to Him, who is worthy of all praise.

1 Timothy 1:15-17:The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

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Being a Christian in our world today is very, very challenging. There are many misconceptions about our beliefs and our morals, as well as people who believe we don't practice what we preach.

As a college student, I've come across many professors who enjoy challenging my beliefs due to the "lack of evidence" or the "impossibility" of the circumstances. While it frustrates me to no end, I've had to learn that arguing and debating with people who don't believe in God is pointless. They aren't going to change their mind and there's no way a college student is going to change that.

Arguing will get you nowhere, people are going to believe what they want to believe and we can't change that. Instead of trying to debate with your professors, do these five things instead. I assure you, you'll get much more out of them than an argument.

1. Pray

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Pray to God to help you and your belief remain strong, but also pray that the Holy Spirit finds them and touches their heart. A heart that isn't filled with God is an awfully sad one.

2. Acknowledge that people don't always agree with your beliefs

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If someone tried to convince you that God isn't real, you're not going to listen to their points or anything else that they have to say. Acknowledge that people think differently and sometimes you can't change that. Only God can.

3. Drop the class

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Sometimes all you really need is a breather. When the lecture gets too tough, ask to go to the bathroom, get some water, and say a prayer.

5. Read your Bible

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Dear Christians, Think Twice Before You Invite A Non-Christian To Your Church

It's important to be sensitive to the many faiths people around you adhere to.

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Christians,

I understand you sharing verses from the Bible comes from good intentions.

I understand you explaining to me the teachings of Jesus comes from good intentions.

I understand you inviting me to your church comes from good intentions.

The issue is that not everybody is as tolerant of your evangelical mission. In fact, many may see it as outright offensive.

"How dare you try to push your religious beliefs on me?"

"I don't appreciate your attempts to convert me."

"I'm satisfied with my own religion, thanks."

The above are just some responses you might unfortunately get, but it is important to understand why that's the case.

Christianity is, by all means, the most popular religion on the planet with followers from all corners of the globe.

With your faith having such a large following, people may see your mission to spread God's word as rather selfish — an attack, even, to not consider their faith.

Receiving this kind of response from someone when you meant only the best for them can occur with even the simplest actions — you can try inviting someone to your church and still end up making them uncomfortable.

I can admit there was one point in time I was in such a situation where my neighbor asked me to attend her church for Easter when she knew I was a Hindu. I was taken aback by her invitation. Religion was not something I considered to be a "show and tell" where you share it with others without them asking. I am glad to educate people about Hinduism, but only if they ask and are genuinely interested, otherwise I don't try and bring it up and teach it to others in case they become uncomfortable.

Don't get me wrong, Hinduism is one of the most liberal and tolerant religions out there. Hindus are allowed to visit other houses of worship, accept beliefs from other religions, and accept the fact that there are multiple supreme beings; there is no limit to how Hindus reach salvation.

I wasn't offended by her Christianity, but rather her disregard of how someone from a different faith may interpret her invitation.

I politely declined her invitation because at the time it did make me uncomfortable and I didn't understand her intentions. I have had moments in my life where I was encouraged to convert to Christianity, even offered money, which made me wary of the intentions of Christians around me who were very open about their religion.

Today, as a Hindu attending a private Christian university, I have had the opportunity to interact with Christians and understand why they like to promote their faith. It took quite some time and experience to educate myself about this, and I better understand where Christians come from when they talk about religion, but not everybody is so accommodating.

It is very important to understand that your beliefs are just that — beliefs. Beliefs are subjective and not everybody is going to agree with them or respect them.

You may have been taught to "go make disciples of all the nations," and you don't get to pick and choose which teachings of Jesus to follow, but understand that you assuming you're helping someone follow "the right path" may actually be pushing them away.

We appreciate your genuine care for us and your good intentions behind promoting your faith, but please be sensitive to how you talk about religion — even if it is inviting someone to your church.

Sincerely,

Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Atheists, and other non-Christian belief systems.

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