Originally posted on Facebook on June 1, 2023.

I’m proud of all my friends who are seeking to live a faithful life as followers of Jesus and in loving obedience to the Word of God. Even when it’s hard. Even when it means fighting every day to trust and believe and live and obey God rather than our appetites and temptations for things our culture celebrates.

“The Bible doesn’t call us to less love than the world. It calls us to more. And love means carrying each other’s burdens, hearing each other’s struggles, witnessing each other’s hurt, and believing together that Jesus loves us more than any other man or woman ever could (Gal. 6:2; James 5:16; John 15:12). It means denying ourselves and taking up our cross and following our Lord—including sacrificing romantic dreams and sexual desires when they are calling us away from him (Matt. 16:24).

“But it doesn’t mean being alone. Whatever our patterns of attraction and temptation, we’re meant to need each other and to shoulder up, like fellow soldiers (Phil. 2:25 and Philem. 2).” – Rebecca McLaughlin (

I chose to use a white square as the “photo” for this post because a white flag symbolizes surrender. Surrender to Jesus and His Gospel. His Kingdom. Surrender to God’s Word as the authority in my life, not my feelings or the path of least resistance. White is also a reminder to me of what God has said: “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).

Others may be waving different flags this month, but I’m choosing a white flag. I’m choosing humility instead of pride. True love isn’t about me and my needs. True love is sacrificial. True love seeks the good of others. And God is love. Perfect Love, in fact.

“All My Friends” by Joshua Luke Smith

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