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 writer of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor--loves us with a thorough, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. and what's our regular reaction? We visit church, sing songs, and take a look at to not cuss. even if you’ve verbalized it but or not...we all comprehend somethings flawed. Does anything deep within your center lengthy to damage unfastened from the established order? Are you hungry for an real religion that addresses the issues of our international with tangible, even radical, strategies? God is asking you to a passionate love courting with Himself. as the solution to spiritual complacency isn’t operating more durable at a listing 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'll by no means be a similar. simply because while you’re wildly in love with an individual, it alterations every little thing.
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Extra info for Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Through this illustration I realized that I don’t have to worry about not meeting His expectations. God will ensure my success in accordance with His plan, not mine. This is the God we serve, the God who knew us before He made us. The God who promises to remain with us and rescue us. The God who loves us and longs for us to love Him back. So why, when we constantly offend Him and are so unlovable and unloving, does God persist in loving us? In my childhood, doing something offensive resulted in punishment, not love.
So why does God still love us, despite us? I do not have an answer to this question. But I do know that if God’s mercy didn’t exist, there would be no hope. 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).
What if I told you to stop talking at God for a while, but instead to take a long, hard look at Him before you speak another word? Solomon warned us not to rush into God’s presence with words. That’s what fools do. And often, that’s what we do. We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry.
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan