I believe in Jesus Christ, in His sovereignty and in His holiness and in His justness. I believe that He died for me to make me free indeed. Believing this causes me to be a bit more careful for the way that I speak, and act.
I have had a lot on my mind, and thought of this a few days back in respect to someone:
“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful”
– Psalm 1: 1 – 3
I can’t be with someone who violates the above, you see? Because I am firmly convicted.
This applies to my friendships also, not just man/woman relationship. We may have a very initial chemistry, but chemistry burns out.
Hehe, nice pun. I’ll end up pulling away.
Answering this question also brings a memory to mind: I had dated someone before. He is catholic. He had attended church with me, and I had in turn attended church with him. I struggle with praying to Mary, and some of the traditions of the Catholic Church. This is in no way an attempt to disrespect the Catholic Church. I just do not agree with some of their doctrines.
One day, he was talking about a period of prayer and reflection he wanted to go into – I forget the name now. P – something, I believe. And I realized that he loved and believed in the catholic tradition very deeply, and it was not right to expect him to worship with me. As I knew I would not worship in a catholic church regularly.
See, it matters to me that my partner and I attend the same church. We parted ways, and this had been one of why.
So, there. Friendship, love relationships. My beliefs absolutely matter in who stays. Or goes.