We heard “disastrously bad”
God could have stopped short at just taking away our guilt, and He still would have been unfathomably loving and kind. But He didn’t stop there. He replaces our shame with honor. He swaps our bondage to sin with freedom. He’s loved us before time, and He’s chosen us. He’s set us aside for the greatest joy of all—the joy of knowing Him. And He says that we belong to Him.
On May 2nd this year, a thirteen-year-old boy and a fifteen-year-old boy in Jiangsu Province took their own lives because they were unable to fully complete the homework that had been assigned to them over Labor Day. Like me, you may not have ever considered suicide because of a late homework assignment. But when I read the comments on this blog, I know that you too are familiar with the crippling power of shame. You feel that you’re inadequate, worthless, hopeless, stuck, a chronic failure—anything but free.
I recently emailed Pastor John Piper the following question, speaking on behalf of many other single women who desire to navigate the dating years ahead with both grace and realistic wisdom: Should the present presence of pornography in a man’s life be a marriage deal breaker for single women like me? He answered my question with power, discernment, and hope.