So we can stop walking on egg shells wondering if these things are true. Your problem is not that you need to convince God to stop hating you and to start having forgiveness and kindness towards you. You have no idea how high that mountain of majestic kind powerful eternal love for you goes.
15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, […]
The good news is, in Christ you have more than a Lord who demands obedience. You have a savior, who is Lord over your persistent sin. He is Lord over your salvation. You can trust His kindness. He has been thinking about how to save you literally forever.
I read a short devotional from Greg Laurie just now, so I decided to reflect on it. I don’t mean to nitpick. I’ve always heard great things about Greg Laurie. I’m not calling him a heretic or a legalist, I really have no idea. The point is, this post makes what I think is an […]
Real love for one another is found in belief in group redemption and lavish grace. It means thinking, concerning everyone, that Jesus has died for us. He has loved us together and redeemed all of us with His blood. And this becomes the new way of doing community – belief.
You know why Piper has to get so shrill about loving God? Because He paints a God for us who is conditional and weird and hard to love. The joyous news is this: God isn’t like that! He died for us while we were yet sinners! (Romans 5:8)
And so He has lavished grace and eternal mercy on all of us who believe. Our mutual sins are lavishly forgiven as a whole. This works because it really is our trespasses which are the problem. My sins were not born in isolation.
You will never understand the way Christ loved the church if you do not first hear about and believe His love for you. You have to know the love of Christ if you are to give it.