Monday, February 22, 2010

Crazy Love: When You're In Love You Live Like a Mammoth

Do what? Well, we did talk about being in love with God and the fruit that it produces when your love is genuine. We talked about the difference in a possum and a mammoth... and went on to use the movie Ice Age: Meltdown as an example of living as you were intended to live.

We also asked the question: Do you find it hard to love God? Don't be to quick to answer... really think it through and decide whether or not you love him with "all" your heart. If you, like me, find that you have lacked or are still lacking in this area, we gave twelve steps to take in order to fall fully in love with God. I won't list them all here but it basically reminds you of who God is and why you should love him.

Here are some of the points Chan made regarding his love:

  • When we love, we’re free!
  • We don’t have to worry about a burdensome load of commands, because when we are loving, we can’t sin.
  • But the solution isn’t to try harder, fail, and then make bigger promises, only to fail again.
    we are called to surrender everything for Christ
  • While discussing the church in Laodicea, Chan shares “His counsel wasn’t to “try harder,” but rather to let Him in.”
  • Something mysterious, even supernatural must happen in order for genuine love for God to grow in our hearts. The Holy Spirit has to move in our lives.
  • There is nothing better than giving up everything and stepping into a passionate love relationship with God, the God of the universe who made galaxies, leaves, laughter, and me and you.
  • God is the only true Giver, and He needs nothing from us. But still He wants us. He gave us life so that we might seek and know Him.
Give up and let God... I know we've all heard that before but do we really live that way? God lovingly demands this for our benefit. We've been reminded of that in class while discussing the topics related to Chan's book. So, are you ready for the real question.....?
Will we ever take the steps to begin living that way? I don't know many people who do... how about you?

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