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Sin is Insanity!

Please know that you will NEVER be able to understand, figure out, or find an answer for "why" someone does something that hurts you or you do something that hurts yourself.   Sin is INSANE!

Please know that you will NEVER be able to understand, figure out, or find an answer for "why" someone does something that hurts you or you do something that hurts yourself.  Sin is INSANE!

Someone recently asked me to define "sin"... EASY!
The Greek word is "hamartia" and it means "to miss the mark"...

But that is not how I define it. As I have worked with people now for many years, and of course have lived many years, the best definition I have ever come up with is "INSANITY".  

Sin is "INSANITY".

We as a people know those sinful things are not right, not good for us, not helpful to the ones we love, disrespecting to our Father Who loves us, and yet we still do them!!! INSANITY!

Please know that you will NEVER be able to understand, figure out, or find an answer for "why" someone does something that hurts you or you do something that hurts yourself.  Sin is INSANE!

And please know and praise God that He continues to love insane people...LIKE ME!

 

God IS Love

That means that He loves us not because of us, but because of Himself.

That means that He loves us not because of us, but because of Himself.

One of our favorite sayings at Grace Life Fellowship is
"Do not ever read the Bible casually"

Every word needs to be devoured and understood...
Case in point...

I John 4 - "God IS love."

Focus on the word "IS". Note that John did not say "God HAS love." If he had said "God has love" then there is the realm of possibility that at some moment God may not have love and that would put us all into very deep trouble.

Enter into the reality of what John did say regarding the "is-ness" of God, the aspect of God that just "IS" and therefore must always be, and can never be changed! God IS love.

That means that He loves us not because of us, but because of Himself. HE LOVES! Isn't that glorious?

It means that God loves us NOT because of what we do or don't do,
but because of Who He is.

It means that we cannot make Him love us, by doing good things.

It means that we cannot make Him stop loving us, by doing bad things!

He loves us because of Who he IS! Period!

This love is so very foreign to everything we experience in this world, we can only begin to understand it now. It will take at least till the next world for us to grasp this love more fully - and even then, I am sure that we will be learning of this love for all eternity!!!

Forgiveness and The Prodigal Son

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One of the most difficult tasks we have as human beings is forgiving those who betray our trust. What is even more difficult, is that after we have forgiven them, we find it hard to trust them again. Perhaps that is why we very often feel that way with God. We think to ourselves, oh He has forgiven me, but He will NEVER trust me again, of that I am sure. NOT TRUE!

Do you remember the story of the Prodigal Son? He took one third of the family fortune in an early inheritance. He was so selfish that he could not even wait for his father to die! Then, he spent that fortune on an incredibly sinful lifestyle. Finally, destitute, he came home to his father with his tail between his legs, wondering if his father would receive him back. At that point, the father put his own robe on the boy, shoes on his feet (so no one would know he had been a slave), and then he gave the boy his ring. This my friend, was no simple ring. It was the family signet ring, the credit cart of the ancient world. 

Think about that! He took one third of the family fortune and wasted it, and the father provides him the rest of the family fortune at his fingertips. In essence, the father was saying, “Son, I want you to know, that in spite of what you have done, I believe in you and I trust you!” Amazing? 

Yes, but let’s go even more outlandish! Consider the Apostle Paul, formerly known as Saul. He was the great arch enemy of the church. He hunted down and killed Christians! Do not read that lightly! He killed our heavenly Father’s kids! Then, he comes to faith, and what does our heavenly Father do? He makes this man an apostle, the supreme caretaker of the rest of His kids! Paul, not only do I believe in you, I trust you with my other children. 

Dear Child of God, you may have sinned horribly, but know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the mercy and grace of God is so great, that He not only forgives you, He believes in you, and He trusts you. He is truly a great, great God!

'Your failure has done nothing to change my mind about you.' - Jesus

We as believers have all taken our turn at making great boasts for God. Lord, I will follow you no matter what! Lord, I will go through whatever you have for me, trusting you all the way! Lord, I will do whatever you call me to! And... we have all failed so often in our boast! When that has occurred, the enemy of course has been right there to whisper in our ears, perhaps even shout into them, that God could never use us again. Perhaps he has even slandered us by calling into question if we are even the children of God. After all, how could we be people of faith and yet live so faithlessly?

Well, to all of us who have been so boastful and failed, to all of us who have been slandered by the accuser, take comfort from the life of a man named Peter. Peter had made great boast before God, only to have denied Jesus three times. How does that bring comfort you might ask?

In John 21, sitting around a campfire, Jesus asks Peter, whether or not Peter loves Him. The kicker in this passage is that Jesus asked this question three times... THREE TIMES! Obviously, Jesus was reminding Peter of his failure (as if he needed reminding)...

No, my friends, that is not really the issue. The key is that each time Peter answered the question, that yes, he did love Jesus, Jesus responded by saying, "Feed my lambs!" Why is that significant? Because that is exactly what Jesus had commissioned Peter to do before he failed so miserably. In other words, Peter, even though you were so boastful and prideful, and even though you failed so miserably, you are still my guy that I have chosen to use in my kingdom work. Your failed boast has done nothing to change my mind about you! One thing we must once and for all lay hold of if we are to stand against our accuser,is that there is no one who can "outsin" the grace and calling of our Lord Jesus. NO ONE!