Greetings and God bless all who read this thread.
I seek help in giving reassurance to a friend.
My friend, who used to be an atheist, is now a Christian. He’s had a long-term problem with free-floating anxiety, leading to specific fears and anxieties about the right way to serve God. He’s been dealing with his worries and fears by searching Scripture for evidence to refute them, with considerable success thus far. (He believes in Sola Scriptura.)
Lately he’s begun worrying that he’s not supposed to have anything of his own, nor indulge in pleasures or recreations:; that God expects him - expects all Christians - to live an ascetic lifestyle.
I’m looking for answers to offer him, to relieve his fears. What I need is convincing arguments from Scripture that God does not expect an ascetic life from all His children, and that reasonable recreation and pleasure are acceptable to Him.
What passages from Scripture do you know of, that show God is pleased when His children can enjoy life?