A marriage that’s damaged through infidelity. A public figure who betrays the trust of those they lead. A pastor caught in sexual or financial indiscretions. Is restoration possible? What does restoration look like? What does it take to be restored?
If your marriage has had a reasonable degree of closeness and love, when one spouse becomes ill it affects the other deeply. Sure, there are the “little” things such as the flu or a necessary surgery. But what about when the illness is ongoing, chronic, and perhaps eventually terminal? What happens to your marriage when you become your spouse’s caregiver?
Almost every believer would say that God cares about your physical body. But why? Isn’t your body going to die? Many would say that your body isn’t the real YOU; the real YOU is the spiritual core of who you are. So why should it matter what you do with your body as a Christian?
If you’ve been mowing the weeds of troubling, unwanted, or ungodly sexual thoughts or behaviors and they keep growing back, it’s time to deal with the roots. “Trying harder” to control lust with behavior modification and accountability may be helpful as far as it goes. But for many people, it’s just not working. You may need to deal much more deeply with the roots of sexual “stuff.”
God created you and me for intimacy with Himself. Intimacy with God is possible! But that feeling of being close to God may often seem to last about as long as a summer thunderstorm – refreshing and powerful, but short-lived. Then what do you do when you feel distant from God?