It is natural to desire loving relationships, but does sex always express love?
The 2021 series of the dating reality TV programme Love Island has recently begun. The show is now in its 7th season and involves a group of contestants, who in order to remain on the show and win £50,000, are forced to ‘pair up’ with another contestant. The show begins… Read more.
The current situation is something new for all of us. No school/college/university, no socialising with friends, at home with parents and siblings 24/7!
What are the difficulties/dangers we might face and what might the benefits be? How can we survive this period and how can we grow in our walk with God?
Anxiety – I’m sure like me, even a couple of weeks ago, you couldn’t have imagined this situation. It was… Read more.
It is tempting to take our moral direction from the laws of our country. If it is legal, then surely it must be acceptable?
The law enables abortions to be carried out by the medical services, which we have to trust regularly with our lives and the lives of our family. Surely, you might think, if my GP can refer me for an abortion then it must be OK. However, we must be very… Read more.
What is the difference between being attracted to someone and lusting after them? And if lust is a problem, how can we stop?
Physical attraction is natural and helpful in deciding who to marry, though it shouldn’t be the main decider. Lust involves allowing our thoughts about another person to turn sexual outside of marriage . Lust can be especially difficult for men because they are often easily provoked by what they see,… Read more.
Love is a word we use very often; it describes our feelings for all sorts of things from chocolate to a new car!
We often use the word ‘love’ to describe our feelings for people in our family: parents, children, siblings. We also talk about the romantic feeling of ‘falling in love’ with someone who is not in our family.
But how can we know that this romantic love is true, and that… Read more.
Being single can actually be a great blessing, and allow you to be a blessing to others – but this can be difficult to see when we feel lonely. How can we cultivate true contentment?
Singleness enables many people to achieve things in their lives that would not be possible if they were married and had children. This is particularly true for Christians who remain single and live very fruitful lives for God’s Kingdom. Many single Christians are able to care for family members, fulfil… Read more.
It can stream into our homes and on to our phones and is estimated to account for about 10 to 15 percent of all internet searches. But why is pornography so wrong and dangerous?
At the heart of the problem with pornography is the fact that it promotes sexual arousal outside of a relationship, which has many dangerous consequences. This is the first of a series of articles which look at some of these consequences.
Pornography damages our relationship with God.
The Bible teaches… Read more.
In terms of relationships, the Bible teaches that there are only two ways to live – single or married – and both states are gifts from God.
We all start off our lives single and in this article, as well as in the Bible, this means unmarried. Facebook profiles use “single” in a different way, meaning “not currently in a relationship”; in addition they do not assume sexual inactivity for the single person, though the Bible does.… Read more.
Why is asking for or sending sexy text messages and ‘nudes’ wrong and dangerous?
Remember that having sexually explicit pictures, including underwear shots, of anyone less than 18 years (this includes images of yourself or your girlfriend/boyfriend) on your phone is illegal (in the UK), and could lead to a caution or conviction, which could then have damaging implications for your future.
Why is… Read more.
Since God intends sex only for marriage – what benefits does He bless us with, if we choose to do so?
The Bible is clear that we are to keep sex for marriage; whenever we live according to God’s intentions, there are always benefits and blessings. Here are some of them:
1. It allows you to get to know each other better without sexual involvement.
It is hard, if not impossible,… Read more.
How is it possible to make promises such as marriage vows and keep them when you don’t know what is to come?
A concern that often comes up when we are thinking about marriage is whether the person we choose to marry will be or remain faithful. Will they keep their marriage vows? Is it possible to make such promises and keep them when you don’t know what is to come?
We… Read more.