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Here lately, I’ve been getting really angered by the gestures and things said by certain people. I’m trying to become a man of God and follow Him and give Him my heart, but I feel like my anger is slowing me down. Maybe you could give me some advice and/or Bible verses?
Dear Slow Burn,
Bitterness and anger are such easy things to slip into, and many a christian has been destroyed by their frustration with sin and the world’s ways. It is a dark world, and it can be discouraging and overwhelming at times. The solution is to view the world the way Jesus did – with compassion. When Jesus looked upon the city of Jerusalem, He wept over their faults and pitied their fate (Lk 19:41, Matt 23:37). Jesus viewed the world as being full of people that needed a Savior (Jhn 4:35) and rejoiced over every lamb He could rescue (Lk 15:4-7). Christians live in hope of eternity with God (2 Tim 4:8), and that hope is our anchor (Heb 6:19). Allow your love of the Lord and your love for your fellow man to strengthen you through this life (Mk 12:29-31). Your future is bright – have compassion on others, and maybe you might be able to brighten their futures as well.
Gen. 3:15, I have no understanding. What is your interpretation?
Looking For Clarity
Dear Looking For Clarity,
Gen. 3:15 is a prophecy regarding Jesus. Satan, the old serpent (Rev. 12:9), would forever battle with Eve’s descendants, but one of Eve’s descendants would crush the head of Satan. Satan bruises the heel, but Jesus bruised the head – He delivered a deathblow. Heb 2:14 shows that Jesus’ death destroyed the power of Satan and crushed him under the power of Jesus’ selfless gift. Rom 16:20 shows Satan is crushed under the feet of those that Jesus paid for with His blood (Acts 20:28).
Three years after my wife and I got married, she had an affair and got pregnant. I stayed with her even though I had some struggles accepting the fact she cheated on me. I accepted the baby because I am unable to have children. It was our only child. Our son recently was killed on a motorcycle through no fault of his own. He was thirty-five years old. My wife and I divorced twenty-two years ago, but we are still friends. My question is: even though he was a great son and a church-going person with his wife who is sixteen weeks pregnant, is my son considered to be an illegitimate child to where he can't enter into the Lord’s congregation? I accepted him as my son, but I can't get this off my mind. Could you give me an answer, so I can clear my mind? I love my son more than I can explain, but I am so confused from what I read. Like I said, he was a church-going person and never gave anyone any problems.
Dear Mourning Father,
We are so sorry for your loss. What a devastating time for your family. Let us give you one comfort – your son is not responsible for the choices that others made that led to his conception. God very specifically says that each person is responsible for their own sins. The entire chapter of Ezekiel 18 deals with this issue. God’s conclusion is that a son can choose his own path regardless of what his parents chose (Ezek 18:20). Each of us works out our own salvation before God (Php 2:12). Your son is not barred from heaven because of his mother’s past. His commitment to Christ will define him on that great Day of Judgment.
What does Psalm 23 mean? I read that it means that God is our shepherd, and we are the sheep.
You are seeing it properly. Ps 23:1 says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” That first verse sets the tone for the entire psalm. David is comparing the relationship of God and His faithful to the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep.
Is it true that somewhere in the Bible it says all Christians who believe in God should lent and give something up for thirty days? If it is true, please tell me where.
Ready To Sacrifice
Dear Ready To Sacrifice,
The Bible never says that Christians must keep Lent. Lent is a religious holiday kept by some denominations (such as Catholic and Greek Orthodox), but it doesn’t have Bible authority behind it. Lent is a holiday where people commit to deny themselves of something for forty days, and they loosely tie it to Jesus’ fasting for forty days in the wilderness (Mk 1:13). The Bible never commands Lent, and there is no need to keep it.