My dearest Tomi,
I hope you’ve been great. Been a while since I last saw you. Your replies have been very heart warming. You certainly are right, relationships are definitely overrated and the virtue of patience, down played. I think most of it stems from the false romantic fairy tales Hollywood keeps selling to us. The situation is further compounded as people emotionally launch out prematurely. I believe a degree of emotional independence (among other things) has to be achieved before one should venture into such commitment. Albeit, we are all learning to live.
In your last letter, you detailed a rather unfortunate occurrence that got you disappointed and angry. A very heart-wrenching news. It made rounds on the internet and his actions were absolutely inexcusable. To think that he would blatantly stand in front of his congregation and say it was none of their business was just out rightly irresponsible. Silence of his infidelity would have been preferred or golden even. This pastor’s extra-marital affair is saddening.
However, here’s what I need you to consider, you shouldn’t be discouraged about this mishap, because Jesus gave you salvation not the pastor. We learn from them, we submit to them, we acknowledge and honour them, but just as Paul told the people of Lystra, when they tried to exalt him as a god, they are men of ‘like passions’. Meaning, they are plagued with the very [...]
My dearest Tomi,
I’m very delighted to hear that my last letter is beginning to help redefine your perspective on love. I trust that you’ve been good. I thought I should share some thoughts on what our evangelicals constantly harp about. Some preachers, it seems, over emphasise it, and others under emphasise it. How come we keep threatening people with fervent heat when Jesus kept telling us that ‘your sins are forgiven’?
Ever wondered what sin really is? Is it just not drinking? Or not fornicating? Or not stealing? Or not killing? Or not lying? Is it any of these? All of these? None of these? Could ‘morality’ be all there is to living rightly? The main words used in Hebrew that have been translated to mean sin are majorly ‘chata’, ‘pesha’ and ‘avon’. The Greek word translated to mean sin in the New Testament is ‘hamartia’. The Hebrew and Greek words ‘chata’ and ‘hamartia’ respectively, connote the same meaning, which is to ‘miss the mark’. It conveys the picture of an archer who shoots an arrow but doesn’t get the bullseye. While, the Hebrew words ‘pesha’ and ‘avon’ basically infer a trespassing. Doing what you’re not supposed to be doing or being where you’re not supposed to be.
I have never met a male virgin and i have never heard of a male virgin making a pronouncement of being one.
Hey guys what’s good in the hood?! Lol! As for me, I’m doing alright actually, keeping God in my mind and making sure what I do and even think, is of Him. I have also been dwelling on the fact that what we do should come from the heart…we should have compassion for things and not just do it ‘religiously’…especially God’s work. So we should be in the right mindset at all times.