“Don’t copy the behavior or values of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NLT).
“God so loved the world . . .” (John 3:16 NIV). That looks like a big contradiction right there.
“The world” is used two ways in these verses. The first verse refers to the world’s value system, and the second refers to the world’s people. We are to love people, no matter what choices they make, but we are to hate the value system (e.g., prejudice, racism, injustice, sexism, war).
The problem is, we often get it reversed. We love the value system and hate the people. Christians do this all the time. Instead of being different, we can be just as materialistic, just as hedonistic, and just as enmeshed in the culture. That’s backwards.
For the rest of your life, you’ll face great pressures to conform to the culture. This was Israel’s biggest problem for thousands of years. They wanted to be like other nations. Yet God gave them all kinds of moral, civil, and ceremonial laws to make them different on purpose.
God has done the same for you and me. We don’t live under Old Testament law, but God has told us exactly how we should live and how we get the wisdom and power to stand out in this world: “Don’t copy the behavior or values of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NLT).
One reason you may not know what God wants you to do in life is because you may be too acculturated with this culture. Often this happens without you realizing it. But you can’t think like the world and think like God thinks. You have to make a choice.
The problem with following culture is that it’s all temporary. You need to follow something that is eternal: God’s Word.
Fill your mind with God’s truth, and let it transform your life by changing the way you think.
“What my wife wants”
Man cannot simply press the button of a woman, and off it goes! Rather you have the wonderful task of responding to her female needs. She longs for…
Tenderness: If you give her tenderness, she understands that you love her. Watch how she presses the children towards herself, then you will see her gentle being. She longs for you to take her in your arms like this.
Understanding: She wants to be understood and taken seriously in her feelings and needs. When she cries, this is a sign that she longs for an embrace and understanding.
Honesty and openness: The man should be able to admit weakness and ask for forgiveness.
Many women find it difficult to open up if these needs are not satisfied.
The danger of an affair is present if another man satisfies just one small part of these needs. She probably feels safe in his presence!
Take time today, to consciously only speak about her needs and then… Gentlemen, it’s show time: caress your wives until they faint.