Even though we are aging, we can still build up our spiritual life.
This verse has become dearer and dearer to the ever-graying baby-boomer generation—and for good reason. Unlike our physical bodies that get weaker as we age, our spiritual life can get stronger.
The glory of young men is their strength, and the glory of old men is their gray hair. —Proverbs 20:29
They will still yield fruit in old age; —Psalm 92:14
But this verse does not apply just to older Christians; it applies universally to all Christians. That’s because all Christians, regardless of age, can yield to the power of God’s Holy Spirit to renew them in the Lord, moment by moment, day by day, growing in God’s grace.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13
I have a sister who is in a long-term same-sex relationship. Her partner has a two-year-old boy from a brief marriage to a bisexual male (to legitimize the child). My sister is now trying to conceive through artificial insemination (she can’t conceive without intervention due to injuries from an auto accident), and I am finding it extremely difficult to support her in this decision. Can you give me any direction?
Not really. This is another reason we look forward to Jesus returning to rid the world of sin and Satan’s influence. Realize what you are dealing with—a rebellious non-Christian.
If she asks you for your thoughts/opinion, pray for wisdom and lovingly give her your Biblical long-term solutions for life.
If she asks for your blessing, lovingly give her your Biblical reasons why you can’t. We’re praying for you!
From the “Put it to rest” department:
Final comments to some who e-mailed us insisting that drinking wine is a sin: That’s impossible! Jesus drank wine; therefore, it is certainly not a sin. Getting drunk IS a sin.
Regarding wine as being the same as using illegal drugs – it’s not the same: Illegal drugs are often more immediately addictive; the addiction to those drugs is usually stronger; the effects of the addiction can be more far-reaching.
Jesus said He will drink wine with Christians in the future when He returns to reign as King Of Earth.
Truly I say to you, I shall never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God. —Mark 14:25
So if you’re drinking to get drunk or taking drugs to get “high,” it’s likely that Jesus is not the Lord of your life and satisfying your every need. Your root problem is spiritual, not the surface physical problems that are visible.
But if you’re having a glass or two of wine at dinner or to celebrate a wedding, etc., you could easily make the case that you’re actually being “Christ-like.” 🙂
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