Though He could justly write us off forever, in love God acted to save those who trust in Him. So while His holiness required the just payment of death for sinners, in love He paid the penalty Himself in the person of His only Son.
-commentary on Romans 3:21-26
DTR. Define the relationship. Many of us today have heard this popular phrase as it relates to dating. However, when a boy and girl actually “define their relationship,” the measuring rod is far too often found in the world’s standards. As broken homes and divorce rates are increasing, and those in the church are rivaling the secular world, it becomes more and more apparent that the state of the heart in relating to the opposite sex must be addressed at an early age. Crosspoint Student Ministry will be going through a series called DTR over the next several weeks. Students will learn what the Bible says about marriage, dating, sex, gender roles, and everything in between. Teenagers are under attack. The world wants to shape these beliefs, but we as the church must be radical in our courting, dating, and marital relationships if we intend to pursue holiness and bear God’s image well. Simply put, we hope to urge students to follow God’s plan for their lives as it relates to their relationships today and the impact they have on the relationships of tomorrow. To quote Mark Driscoll in his book Religion Saves, “The bottom line? Satan is still a liar, and God’s plan is still the best.”
The Hulk Inside
Have you ever watched the Incredible Hulk? I caught myself the other day watching old episodes online. As a kid, and even now, there was nothing cooler than watching Bruce Banner explode into the Hulk whenever the situation called for it. Injustice brought out the Hulk in Bruce. When he felt threatened, or right was being wronged, the Hulk came out.
Sometimes the Hulk comes out of us too. However, it can happen when we feel like we’ve been wronged, or when someone or something gets in the way of our desires. James refers to this as our “passions”.
PASSIONS = Goals, Desires, or Ambitions.
We often think achieving our “passions” will provide the satisfaction we are longing for.
In James 4, James tells us that we get in fights with one another because our passions are at war within us. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever found yourself in an argument because either your friends or your parents were keeping you from doing something you selfishly wanted? When we pursue our “passions” above our relationship with God, and our relationship with others, we can become angry and hurtful to those who get in the way. When we act this way, we are actually acting as God’s enemy (James 4:4).
So, rather than chasing after your passions, draw near to God, for he opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Only when we draw near to God can our souls be truly satisfied.
Posted by Josh Jones