There is a difference between someone who STRUGGLES against unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) and someone who PRACTICES homosexuality.
The definition of STRUGGLE is: to put up a fight; to wrestle with; to contend against something; to make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint.
The definition of PRACTICE is: to make repeated exercise in an activity or skill as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it; to carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or custom) habitually or regularly; to get better at something.
Many people in this world have homosexual or bisexual inclinations, or temptations. Some of these individuals fight against their desires because they believe it is wrong (or sinful), while others fight against their urges because they simply do not wish to live a homosexual life and would prefer living a heterosexual life.
Yet, there are some who have stopped struggling against SSA altogether and who now willingly practice a homosexual lifestyle. They have embraced a homosexual identity, submerged themselves into the LGBT community and culture with “gay pride”, they get into committed homosexual relationships, and practice homosexual behavior. Many have given up because they don’t know how to overcome their SSA or because after many failed attempts, they feel as if there is no way to overcome it– Some have even convinced themselves that their lifestyle is justified in the eyes of God.
But for those of you who are still in a struggle, I want to encourage you to not give up in your struggle. Even if you have fallen several times and have lost some battles against sin here and there. Keep struggling. Remember, to struggle means to put up a fight; to wrestle with; to contend against something; to make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint. As long as you are still in the fight, you have a chance of winning; of getting free. But when you give up the fight, you’ll never get the victory you seek; you’ll remain in bondage. Do not lose hope and give in to practicing a lifestyle you otherwise don’t agree with and don’t want to live. And even to those of you who have already given up in your struggle and began to live a homosexual lifestyle, I encourage you to get back in the fight. You can still overcome.
God will give you the grace to manage your SSA and the strength to keep fighting against it. Remember in Genesis 4:7, God told Cain, “If you do what is right, you will be accepted, but if you fail to do what is right, sin knocks at your door and it desires to have you, but you must master it.” Don’t let SSA or any other sin have you. Master it. Overtake it. Overcome it. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you.
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This article almost brought me to tears not because I have the struggle addressed in it, but because my heart has always bled at the way the world has led many who have gay inclinations(temptations) into willfull gay lifestyles. Making them comfortable in the practice of a sin clearly abominable to God. (All sins are by the way) you addressed this issue the best way possible as a believer. It is one thing to look at a sick person and tell them it’s all good, theres nothing wrong with you, its just a birthmark, and another to help them step out take the right steps in the right direction and get help and get healed. I know that Jesus loves us all and will help whosoever cries out to him in true repentance and not try to protect their weakness or rationalise it.
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