When the prodigal son returned, the Father wasn’t interested in making sure he understood that what he did was wrong, the father was interested in making sure he knew where home was. When you know where you belong, it shapes your view of right and wrong, and when you know that you’re accepted, you don’t need to find fulfillment in anything else.
When God wounds, He wounds like a surgeon, not a criminal with a baseball bat.
Here’s the thing you gotta love and respect about the Bible. The Scriptures do not protect the sins of the heroes of the Bible. They lay it all out for you to see their failures, their shortcomings, their rebellion. When they really blow it, it’s right there on the page. The Bible does not try to make men and women in the Bible look lovelier than they are.
I want to pull you back into this reality, that it doesn’t matter what you’re guilty of if Christ washes your guilt away.
There is nothing better than Jesus Christ. There is nothing more valuable, nothing lovelier, nothing we should have our minds on, our hearts on, our thoughts on, that’s bigger and better than Jesus Christ. He is before all things and in him all things hold together.
There’s going to be a time where you are lost as to what God is doing. It doesn’t make any sense, you’re not going to be able to see it well, and it’s going to hurt.
Can I say something to young ladies here? I’m trying to pick my words carefully here. Your husband, whoever he is, single ladies, will have an unbelievable amount of influence over your sons and daughters in regards to spiritual things. If you want your children to love Jesus deeply, hold out for a man that is Godly. And let me tell you this: I am well aware that Godly men are rare. Lots of neat Christian boys, not a lot of Godly men. And we’re working our tails off for you to try to develop some into that. But don’t settle, because it’s better that you be lonely now than you be married and lonely later. Are you tracking with me? It is better that you be lonely now than for you to get married to a man that will teach your kids everything but the way of Jesus.
The Bible is not about you. The Bible is about Jesus.
Some of the most powerful words in the Bible are “I will be with you.”
Don’t equate the presence of God with a good mood or a pleasant temperament. God is near whether you are happy or not.
God’s love is not a mere sentiment or emotional attachment. Nor is it a dutiful relationship as when we love a father because he is our father, or their children love us only because they are our children. It is the other way with God. He fathered us because He loved us, before we were born. God’s love is not fondness. When we love anyone we send them gifts, flowers, and write them letters. He does all that! He fills the wide world with gifts and flowers, and writes His love with the stars of heaven, and the poetry of everything that is beautiful. But more than that. The love of God penetrates our cold hearts, shed abroad by the Holy Spirit. It is the closest and most personal love. God bless you, with greetings from Florida.
Page 2 of 310