I love and forgive you. Now please live accordingly.
Tags: Forgive, God, Humanity, Jesus, Letter, love, People, World
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on Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at 7:10 am and is filed under God.
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Short, too the point, and a truer message of the gospel I haven't ever heard before.
Oh this is way better than 25 things. To the point, thanks.
I agree. You're welcome
If only it was so simple, we could have saved God-knows-how-much paper over the centuries printing bibles! Everyone could cary all they ever needed to know in a coat pocket
While it sounds nice, I think we tend to focus too much on the idea of God's Grace. God does love us with a radical, uncontainable love, and we are asked to act accordingly. Thats true.
But ask the Rich Man how easy that is. The supernatural nature of God's love calls us to a drastic change in the nature of our lives. We can't simply say “oh! God loves me, well I'm sending him good vibes too!” and expect it to work out. We are called to establish a Kingdom of God on earth. We need to work for it and make gains toward it. After all, we work for a God who is a hard man “harvest(ing) where I have not sown and gather(ing) where I have not scattered seed” (Matt 25:14-30). We are called to a radical level of personal envolvment. Love isn't enough.
I'm sure this isn't what you mean, I'm just kind of making a point I feel too often in the backlash of 'post-modern' (or whatever) christianity. We really dig the love, but we don't take as seriously the fact that God is Comming back, and we're going to have to show him what we've done.
Derek, you said: “God's love calls us to a drastic change in the nature of our lives.” — that's what I hoped to capture in the “Now go live accordingly” — that once we really grasp that we are loved and forgiven our lives will change and we should be living in accordance to the love and forgiveness we were shown by God.
And of course your right.
I was more or less venting against something I've been running up against lately, which is the duality of most chruch going christians lives, how compartmentalized thier faith is. That tomorrow they will go and sing songs and love jesus but come monday morning they are not taking a good, hard look at the way they live thier lives, or even the way thier chuch is run!
It appears I've just been ranting all over the place today. that's it for tonight, I promise! have a good day!
No worries Derek. We all need a place to vent and rant from time-to-time. I was just thinking that we still need to sit down sometime to chat…let me know.
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