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Transgender Student: Heartfelt Thoughts From a Youth Pastor

Your struggle with gender identity may describe how you feel right now. But it doesn’t have to define who you are. Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. This will mean submitting your gender to Him and choosing to see yourself according to how He made you.

Dear Transgender Student: I’m Here for You

This is a tough path. Yet along the tough path of following Christ is the good life—the life of knowing Him and being known by Him. It’s a life of belonging to Him and His church and of finding yourself by losing yourself. And at the end of this path is the certain hope that God will restore our broken bodies and desires.

Between now and then, God intends for us to live out our identity in Christ in community with His people and before a watching world. In community with other believers, we bear one another’s burdens, welcome one another into our everyday lives, weep and rejoice together. We remind one another of God’s promise. And we point one another to Christ through whatever struggles or trials we face.

You don’t have to do this alone. Let’s walk through this together so we can testify that God’s grace is sufficient and His plan is good.

This letter to a transgender student is part of the series “Letters to Students.” Letter to a Gay Student ~ Letter to an Indecisive Student

What issues would you address with a transgender student? Who else might need a personal letter of encouragement filled with Gospel truth and practical wisdom?

This letter to a transgender student originally appeared here.