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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.

Story |BobbyShirley.com

Story

Whose story will you believe? Yours or the one who created you?

Let’s take a look at one story in particular to see the difference between the stories we tell ourselves and the one that God knows to be the truth about us.

The story of the Prodigal Son. Most all of us  know it. Most all of us can quote it.

But, have you stopped to think of it in terms of true and false identity? I hadn’t until recently.

First, let’s take the wasteful son.

Wasteful Son:
“I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.”
Luke 15:19

Notice the response from his father.

Father:
“This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
Luke 15:24

Whoa.

The Father never listened to the false case of the son who didn’t feel like a son. The son wanted to be a servant. The Father only referred to him as son. Period. The Father never asked for repayment of the inheritance. He didn’t ask the son to apologize for wasting the money and time. He simply welcomed him as an ever-loving Father.

Now, let’s take a look at the servant son.

Servant Son:
“Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.”
Luke 15:29b

Now, look at the response of the father.

Father:
“My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”
Luke 15:31

The Father never negated or put down the son’s points of debate. He simply spoke to the son of what he was missing by focusing on the work. By focusing on the work and what he wasn’t getting he missed the greater point that he was living in the Father’s house and being with the Father at all times.

You have to understand that you can believe whatever you want to about your self, your actions, and your life. But only what God knows about you is the truth about you. Rest in the fact that the story God tells is the truth about you.

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