Brothers, this week my heart and prayers are on purity. The normalizing of sexual immorality is no longer just in your face, but closer to becoming required so as not to be shunned or punished. This is based on conversations my wife has had with family…
So, pray over our children and our community that they would be pure and innocent in their lives. Pray for protection over their minds and souls. Pray for us and all the parents to take the challenge to instruct and disciple according to God’s standard regarding the hard topics of gender and deviant sexual lifestyles, and to do it in a joyful and loving way.
Pray also that we would be good witnesses. Loving the person, the captive soul, and yet willing to give a gentle answer of the truth, even if it means we will be “reviled.” And if you are reviled “for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.”
Read 1 Peter 3:8-22
“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.”
1 Peter 3:14-16 ESV