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As a welshman (a gassing hairy one), I’m very proud of my culture, heritage and passion that I’ve grown up with. Somehow, soon as we entered the world for the first time, we look around us and we don’t cry like other babies…we’re comforted by the picteresque hills that surround us. Our first words aren’t ‘Mammy’ or ‘Daddy’…they’re ‘alright butt?’

We’re born with a passion for our land…much to the point that it seems as if knowing our National Anthem is more important than any qualification we could ever get.

And with this in mind – one of the biggest things that unite as a nation – is international day with an oval shaped ball. Over the years, Ryan Giggs came close to winning over our hearts but just didn’t quite cut it – especially since our rugby skills grew from…

‘run forward and hope for the best’

 to…

‘exciting rugby’ reminiscent of the 70’s.

And I am one of many ‘boyo’s and butt’s – who love watching the welsh dragon fly high as we cross over the try line…(especially if its against the english!) But if only we blokes in the church could get as passionate about God as we did every time the six nations crop up, if only we got to know the living word as well as we know our top 15.

I do love my rugby, and this is not meant to put a dampner on our passion for it. I love it – its a big part of welsh identity and I do so hope we finally get our act together against the paddies and play for the full 80 minutes, as opposed to just turning up in the second half!

BUT; as blokes who attend church, who follow God, who seek to know him more – got as passionate about God as we did every time Shane goes over on the left wing; then who knows…maybe our walk with him would get just as exciting, if not more so. Just a thought.

End Gass.

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Extract (Matt 5:27)

…Adultery’s not just sleeping with the neighbours wife, its thinking about what she’s like in bed

 

 

Thoughts

Ok, this is pretty heavy stuff for first thing in the morning isn’t it? But then, Jesus wasn’t one for tip-toeing around awkward bits of scripture. He didn’t think – ‘oh, i’d tell them this another time, don’t want to cause a fuss.’

It wasn’t all a popularity contest for him, what mattered most to him was (and still is) us, he cared enough to say it as it is – and if anyone down the line ever had the authority to say something, the son of God has to come in pole position for me.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for truth with love. Corinth 13 Paul talks about truth being a waste of time without it. We see when the pharisees try and corner Jesus with what to do about ‘the woman caught in adultery’. The law said stone her, he said – first ‘Alright then, whoever thinks he’s Mr. Perfect – throw it.’

But right now Jesus is focusing on the 10 commandments and what it really means to keep them. First we had murder – no problem for the vast majority of people, but don’t get angry? That’s a whole different kettle of fish.

 

So numero two…(there’s nothing like some span-glish is there?)

‘…Adultery’s not just sleeping with the neighbours wife, its thinking about what she’s like in bed.’

The first part – adultery. Can and will probably continue to be a temptation for guys in the church. Has and will continue to destroy people’s lives and cut off people’s trust…

a) in relationships

and

b) in a God that is for us.

Its an area where Satan knows he can tempt us to do some real damage.  Its so big infact, as adament Jesus was about Divorce being a black and white no go area, if adultery comes into the equation – Divorce becomes a viable option. God knows what its like for us to cheat on him, continuously with other Gods (I’m not talking about God catching us have a starbucks with buddha here) he knows how it feels – it hurts.

But Jesus goes a step further to really make us think about how we keep rule number 7…and so with this in mind, short answer, if i’m honest with myself is I don’t. And to put ‘adultery’ and ‘perhaps letting your eyes linger on someone a little longer than you know you should’ even in the same ball park is really challenging and uncomfortable. David’s on a rooftop enjoying the view (maybe even with a glass of merlot?) but then he lets himself enjoy the view a little too much. And we all know what happens next; things spiral out of control – and from that, he finds himself braking half the rules all at once.

This is something as guys, as supposed men of God who have wifes, fiances and girlfriends (not all at once) – we need to get passionate about sorting. Why? Because we have a responsibility to our women and to God. If you’re reading this and you feel uncomfortable – good, (I’m glad i’m not the only one). But then, if you’re reading this and you know in your heart you’re sorted, that rule number 7 is a piece of cake; then good for you…even better.

Over and out; A Gassing Hariy Welshman

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