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God made humans distinctly male and female, with different physique, personality and emotional qualities being suited to special roles in life (Gen 1:27). We should celebrate that God made us who we are including our sex.  Our interaction with other people, both male and female, must always be with respect and dignity, not compromising our standards, and being aware that the sexual realm is one of Satan’s favourite means of causing people to fall into major sin.

Some people struggle with their sexual identity. Those who are confused and consider they are born in the wrong body do not have a base line for this comparison, instead they are just relying on their feelings, which are a poor indicator. Parents may have wished their child were of the opposite sex, with the projection of those thoughts resulting in dressing and treating them as if they were. Yet even dressing in the clothes of the opposite sex detracts from the sanctity of whom God made us (Deut 22:5). Childhood abuse and single parent families also compound the sexual orientation of impressionable minds.

A lifestyle of defiance of their God-given gender is a symptom of a bigger problem – rejection and rebellion against Him and attempting to be ‘their own god’. This gender

Be who God made you to be

identity is a person’s innermost concept of self – as either male or female, or both, or neither – and relates to their self-perception. When people defy their God-ordained identities and choose to live according to their sinful desires and try to adopt the characteristics of the opposite gender their perverted lusts lead them into chaos and an escalation of ungodly practices (Rom 1:18-32).

The answer for those struggling with gender confusion is not in sex-change surgery but rather in making Him Lord of all, with their desires in submission to His ways and allowing the Holy Spirit to change their heart (Gal 2:20; 1 Pet 4:2). Living life by God’s clearly defined principles results in blessing while rebelling entraps people in bondage and unless repented of ends in eternal damnation (1 Cor 6:9-11; Eph 5:5; Jud 1:7; Rev 21:8).

See also: male/man, perversion, sexual sins, women.

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