Why won’t you die?”
“Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
But sometimes we blur the line between right and wrong and personal preference, and it drives our kids up the wall.
Why do we sometimes pressure our kids concerning their tastes and preferences… We sincerely want to guide them in the right direction but sometimes get a little overzealous about it. We are afraid they will get caught up in the world’s value system, so we go overboard about some issues. We have a strong desire to transfer our Christian values and worldview… but at times we stretch biblical teaching to include personal tastes and preferences.
You think that everyone should agree with your perfect knowledge. While knowledge may make us feel important, it is love that really builds up the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one God knows and cares for.
Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or who are greedy or are swindlers or idol worshipers. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that…
It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your job to judge those inside the church who are sinning in these ways.