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It’s sadly ironic when we use our presumably superior theology to separate ourselves from those who God wants to reach. By listening to His Father, Jesus often did things that offended the self appointed guardians of sound doctrine. Ultimately, the apostle Paul tells us that unless our faith finds a way to manifest itself as love, it becomes meaningless.

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I’ve heard it said that all couples fight, but I don’t agree. All couples disagree, because no two people see everything exactly the same. And sometimes our emotions get involved and it turns into an argument. But screaming, cursing, name calling, provoking each other, threats, or abuse have no part in a healthy, loving relationship.

Even though God loves you just the way you are doesn’t mean that He doesn’t want to change you. (Rom. 8:29)

One of the frustrating aspects of human nature is that we so often try to control things that we have no authority over, while neglecting the one thing God does expect us to control (i.e. ourselves).

 

The blessings of believing that Jesus is who He said He is are largely forfeited when we don’t go on to believe that we are who He says we are.

The enemy of your soul has a story he’d like to share today.  It’s a tale of frustration, failure, and pain.  It’s a narrative filled with “if only’s” (e.g. if only this would happen, if only that hadn’t happened), which will always leave you one step away from wherever you want to be.  The Creator of your soul also has a story He’d like to share today.  It’s a plan of provision, strength and hope.  It’s a narrative filled with “even if’s” (e.g. even if that happened, even if this never happens), which will free you from the constraints of your circumstance.  Ultimately, the reality of your day will boil down to which one of these narratives you find more compelling.  (Deut. 30:19)

 

We should never mistake self-doubt for humility.  You cannot doubt yourself without also doubting the One who promised to faithfully complete the good work that He’s begun in you.