"The question isn’t WWJD? Jesus didn’t go around living his life going, ‘Okay, what should I do now? What would the Son of God do in this situation..?’
No! He did the things He did because of the relationship He had with His Father which produced the kind of character in Him that allowed Him to do the things He did!’ - (Dr. Porter, Talbot spiritual formation professor)
We need to stop making Christianity about a list of do’s & don’ts.
Ceasing a negative behavior does not solve the problem.
God could care less of your sinful behavior because even if you accomplished in ridding yourself of all sinful behavior, it would still not solve the more colossal problem in the abyss of your being—> your heart.
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us,
The law was insufficient! You could keep all 10 commandments and still be justly condemned as a criminal in God’s eyes for ‘all righteous acts are like filthy rags' to God. (Isaiah 64:6)
It was, and is, and forever will be our faith in Jesus Christ.
I have faith that Jesus lived the life I could never live.
I have faith that His blood is sufficient for my past, present, and eternity.
I have faith in Him that He is faithful in His words when He proclaimed that it was finished.
All of it. Not just some it so that now we are burdened to clean up our own mess.
No, all of it.
I have faith. Let’s have faith that Christianity is about living in freedom because Jesus took our punishment.
I do not have faith in myself, no, I have faith in the One who took my sins away when I was His enemy.
This discovery should allow us to live in a radical way of loving others into the kingdom.
Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.
LOVE your blog!!!!
Unless you unconditionally love & accept yourself, you will conditionally love & accept others.
"Love your neighbors as yourself."
The first step in loving others is really loving yourself first.
Is it that hard, Brian?
I tend to think that running away from responsibilities or having more and more ‘stuff’ will remedy my problems.
And I reluctantly and inevitably hit that dead end in my mental escape route that reminds me that neither of those will matter because in the end, I am still me.
It’s not the people around me, the money in my bank account, or the events that occurred in my life that are the problem, but why is it that I let my pride think I am entitled to better treatment?
It’s not my circumstances, but why is it that I let my pessimism dictate my emotions and decisions?
It’s not anything or anyone. I hate that I know that the problem is me.
Worse, is that I am around this problem 24/7. I wonder if this means I basically hate myself?
How do you love yourself when you know the source of the inflicting pain is embedded within?
It’s almost easier to love your enemies because most of the time they do not know what they do; they act out of pure ignorance.
But how do you love the enemy standing in the reflection of the mirror that knows everything about you, and yet, uses it all against you?
Is this me hating me? Or is this the Devil, the Accuser and father of lies?
I know the bible verses intellectually, but experientially, it is something so foreign.
Can I even love others at this moment? Has everything been smoke & mirrors? A false illustration?
The bible says to love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Is there a limit to which I can love another that is dependent on the love I have for myself?
Will there be a point where I notice something in them that has the same familiar stench I deal with in myself that will repel me away from loving them later?
Is that what it means?
You can tell me to imagine myself as how God sees me, but this is ineffective if I still wrestle with my own self. I will try to push everyone away from this tender area in my heart, even God.
God doesn’t force Himself on anyone. He knocks and waits for me to open up.
Oh, but how I am in need of Someone to release me from this mental dungeon.
But I wonder if that Someone is desperately trying to let me know that I myself hold the key?
Let Me In - United Pursuit Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSigl-pm_jM
“Open up your heart and let Me in,
I am aching with love for you.
Open up your heart and let Me in,
I am longing for you.
Look My way-look My way, My love..”
Be the exclamation point in my dot, dot, dots.
The period in my questions.
The etcetera in my pleasure.
Sexy doesn’t impress me. Smart impresses me, strength of character impresses me. But most of all, I am impressed by kindness. Kindness, I think, comes from learning hard lessons well, from falling and picking yourself up. It comes from surviving failure and loss. It implies an understanding of the human condition, forgives its many flaws and quirks. When I see that in someone, it fills me with admiration.
Suffering seeks presence over knowledge.
Deal with me later, but please be an anchor to their souls now.
Help us weather through this rain together.
I don’t want You to calm it, but allow me to gain closer intimacy with You in it.
Let me see the riches of Your glory in the silver linings.
My biggest fear is to realize in the end that I’ve been doing it all wrong.
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