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Risk or How To Stick Your Neck Out

“Craving clarity, we attempt to eliminate the risk of trusting God. Fear of the unknown path stretching ahead of us destroys childlike trust in the Father’s active goodness and unrestricted love.”
– Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffins Guide to God

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had this phrase running through my mind, “The risk of trust.”

Why is it so hard for us to trust? I’ve been thinking about this in regards to God’s unconditional love.

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Comprehend or How to Receive a Wild Kind of Love

I could more easily contain Niagara Falls in a tea cup that I can comprehend the wild, uncontainable love of God.

Brennan Manning

I love this description of God’s love. The mental picture I get is someone whose actions are erratic almost to the point of chaos. But still has the presence of mind to be completely focused. That to me is how much God is in love with us. Erratic focus. Let’s take a little closer look a couple of terms.

Wild

A definition of wild is “uncontrolled or unrestrained, especially in pursuit of pleasure“. That pretty much speaks for itself. We are God’s pleasure. It’s true. Check this out.

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, the Holy One, to receive the glory, the honor, and the power, for you created all things, and because of your desire they existed, and were created!”
Revelation 4:11 WEB

It’s because He desired us that He created us. The ultimate picture of His desire and love for us is the act of sending Jesus. Jesus came to show us the Father and what He showed us was love. Love for the individual and love for the world.

Uncontainable

The definition of uncontainable is “unrestricted or not able to be contained“. Think of that in context. His love is unrestrictable and not able to be contained. You can’t close doors or build walls to keep his love out. You can’t build a box or try to throw a net over it to contain it.

This is my conviction, no threat whether it be in death or life; be it angelic beings, demon powers or political principalities, nothing known to us at this time, or even in the unknown future; no dimension of any calculation in time or space, nor any device yet to be invented, has what it takes to separate us from the love of God demonstrated in Christ. Jesus is our ultimate authority.

Romans 8:38-39 Mirror

Nothing can contain it nor stop it. Nothing can hinder it nor delay it. Nothing can control not contain it.

Application

You may be thinking, “Ok, so now what?” Well, that’s a good and honest question. I put together this list to give you 4 steps to receive God’s love. Please keep in mind that I do not think we will ever comprehend God’s love. But I do think we can do a better job of grasping at it and displaying it to others.

4 ways to receive the love of God:

1. Renew your mind.
We must rework the way our mind thinks about His love.

2. Renew your speech.
We have to change the way we talk about His love.

3. Renew your actions.
We have to change our actions to begin to reflect our growing belief of His love.

4. Renew your life.
We must give permission to ourselves to live like we believe God loves us.

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