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Spill or How To Make The Messiest Mess You Can

There are some amazing things that take place when you recognize your union with Christ. You begin to notice that love comes when you least expect it, and flows to the most unlikely of suspects. Instead of throwing insults, you find yourself throwing hugs.

Benjamin Dunn, The Happy Gospel

Lord, knows this is something that needs to work deeper in me. Love that overflows. Love that oozes. Love that spills out.

Jesus was the ultimate pro at being love to those He encountered. It’s easy to think that it was because He was “Jesus”. I think that’s a cop-out. I think He was so successful at loving people because He didn’t have to try. I think it was because He was just being Himself. He was just as real and true to himself with the prostitute and leper as He was with the pharisee and self-righteous.

Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.
1 John 4:7-10 CEB

I want to share a love that comes from connection, not just choice.
I want to express a love that comes from depth, and not just proximity.
I want to give a love that comes from desire, not just duty.

Thinking | BobbyShirley.com

Thinking

He sees me. He knows me. He loves me.

This is what I have been thinking about  for a while now. If I can fully understand this it will change everything.

Let’s dig in.

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Scared

Grace is wildly irreligious stuff. It’s more than enough to get God kicked out of the God union that the theologians have formed to keep him on his divine toes so he won’t let the riffraff off scot-free. Sensible people, of course, should need only about thirty seconds of careful thought to realize that getting off scot-free is the only way any of us is going to get off at all. But if all we can think of is God as the Eternal Bookkeeper putting down black marks against sinners–or God as the Celestial Mother-in-Law giving a crystal vase as a present and then inspecting it for chips every time she comes for a visit…well, any serious doctrine of grace is going to scare the rockers right off our little theological hobbyhorses.

– Robert Capon, The Romance of the Word

Scared. What is it about grace that scares us? Is it the possibility of licentiousness? Is it the chance of abuse? Is the thought that once someone has encountered the true, undiluted, Grace of Jesus that they’ll continue doing the things that caused God to act on our behalf in the first place?

I don’t know why grace is scary. But I do know that to think of my life now without this growing revelation of grace is scary.

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