By Francis Chan
God is love. loopy, relentless, omnipotent love. have you puzzled if we’re lacking it? It’s loopy, when you give it some thought. The God of the universe--the author of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor--loves us with an intensive, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. and what's our commonplace reaction? We visit church, sing songs, and check out to not cuss. no matter if you’ve verbalized it but or not...we all recognize somethings flawed. Does whatever deep inside of your middle lengthy to wreck loose from the established order? Are you hungry for an real religion that addresses the issues of our global with tangible, even radical, ideas? God is asking you to a passionate love dating with Himself. as the resolution to non secular complacency isn’t operating more durable at an inventory of do’s and don’ts--it’s falling in love with God. And when you stumble upon His love, as Francis Chan describes it, you are going to by no means be a similar. simply because whilst you’re wildly in love with somebody, it alterations every thing.
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He knows each of us, deeply and specifically. He knows our thoughts before we think them, our actions before we commit them, whether we are lying down or sitting or walking around. He knows who we are and what we are about. We cannot escape Him, not even if we want to. When I grow weary of trying to be faithful to Him and want a break, it doesn’t come as a surprise to God. For David, God’s knowledge led him to worship. He viewed it as wonderful and meaningful. He wrote in Psalm 139 that even in the darkness he couldn’t hide from God; that while he was in his mother’s womb, God was there.
God can see that my intensity and anxiety are ministry related. I worry because I take His work seriously. Right? But then there’s that perplexing command: “Rejoice in the Lord always. ” (Phil. 4:4). ” No, it’s a command for all of us, and it follows with the charge, “Do not be anxious about anything” (v. 6). That came as a pretty staggering realization. But what I realized next was even more staggering. When I am consumed by my problems—stressed out about my life, my family, and my job—I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice.
No matter how good we tried to be, we would be punished because of our sins. Many people look at their lives and weigh their sins against their good deeds. ” Our good deeds can never outweigh our sins. The literal interpretation of “filthy rags” in this verse is “menstrual garments” (think used tampons … and if you’re disgusted by that idea, you get Isaiah’s point). It’s hard to imagine something more disgusting that we could brag about or put on display. But compared to God’s perfect holiness, that’s how our good deeds appear.
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan