In our society, same sex attraction is a very touchy subject these days between believers an nonbelievers alike. We are all born with a sinful nature, and what tempts one to sin in one way may vary from person to person to person. However, we must remind ourselves of 1 Corinthians 10:13 “13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
There are many different types of sins and snares, but at the finale point we must ask ourselves, “Is Jesus Lord?” and we must also be willing to let him release us from every snare and pitfall known to man. I used to struggle myself with many of these temptations earlier on in life but praise God, I am proof that he can set a person free from any bond or chain that can hold a person back from truly serving him and loving him, whether drugs, alcohol, greed, sexual sin, and yes homosexuality. Paul addressed in his first letter to the church in Corinth a reminder that they were not who they used to be. He described a variety of pagan lifestyles that used to rule them, and then he reminded them of who they are after faith in Christ!
(1 Corinthians 6:9) Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Indeed, Christ can make us new, no matter what your present struggles ar or past sins have been. Believe me, I have had quite the past, and even as a new soul, I am by no means a sinless man and have skeletons I wish I could bury and never look at again, but the good news is God can deal with your, our, and anyones guilt and shame if they turn in repentance to him and surrender themselves to his loving grace!
Jesus is willing to heal our hearts
Jesus is the only solution to the wounded heart, the deepest injuries inside of us. He is willing to heal all those who ask him as we see in
Matthew 8:1-3 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
God desires to heal his chosen people and all who come to him in faith. No God will not always perform a physical healing but He has an even greater miracle for every believer who will reach out to Him and kneel before him and acknowledge all their wounds and baggage, I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt God wants us to be Whole in our emotional and spiritual life. True healing is indeed inside out, true healing is inside of the man or woman. Indeed if we all were truly aware of how much God loves us and desires the best for us regardless of our past sins, present feelings of inadequacy, current trials and disappointments then we would not be bothered nearly as much by the physical handicaps and rejection or the poor circumstances we ought endure.
The earliest martyrs who died for Christ endured well because the were consumed by Christ. They experienced the love of Christ that “is better than life” (Psalm 63:3) Peter was crucified for his faith in Christ and refused even the dignity of being crucified upright like Jesus was so instead he requested to be hung upside down because He was even unworthy to die upright as His Lord did.
The Apostle John was exiled to the Island of Patmos after his execution was unsuccessful and it was there he wrote Revelations.
In their early years with Jesus these were just ordinary men whom Jesus called. They had problems just like everybody else but the Lord used them to do the unimaginable and incredible. Throughout their lives the Lord changed impulsive, unstable, self righteous, and just an all around around wild bunch of men into Servants of the Living God and Ambassadors of the Gospel!
This did not happen over night, and we don’t always receive instantaneous healing in our hearts or minds either but if we by faith keep pursuing God through Christ we will “Be transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Romans 12)