Josh De Gracia and Summer Nakamura
“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
2 Corinthians 5:9-10
“So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things while in the body, whether good or bad.”
“We are to be people of Proven Character and Integrity” (”the Heart of the Artist” by Rory Noland).
God calls each and everyone of us to live a life worthy of the calling He has for us. Proven Character is being the person God has called us to be. Character that’s proven over time to be true to the life God has called us to live.
Integrity is doing what is right in God’s eyes even when its difficult. So in order to build character, you must maintain integrity. It can be seen in many ways but perhaps the most important area with much needed integrity is found in relationships.
Considering most people don’t have integrity when it comes to situations dealing with the opposite gender, but to find someone with integrity regarding the opposite sex is rare and beautiful to see. What do we mean?
Well sex and the integrity not to give it up . Society does not look at sex as God sees it. Sex is something God created for “the marriage bed.” It’s intimacy that we are only supposed to feel with the one God has destined us to be with.
However, because of our fleshy desires and temptation, most times unfortunately, waiting till your married does not happen. But to see someone at the age of 25 still be a virgin is like “woah” to the world. It’s exactly why they poked fun and made a stupid movie like “40 year old virgin” because to be a virgin is absurd and rare these days.
But to find someone who you know is human, and struggles just like you with lust and temptation, but still has the strength to not compromise his/her purity and do what is right in God’s eyes, is inspiring and ultimately,it pleases God.
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