Fear of what others may think or do strangle our ability to live a life of faith. Developing a community that believes in us is how to live out of faith.
Does our call to love sinners unintentionally encourage them to continue in their sin? That’s what the Pharisees accused Jesus of. What are we to do?
God removed the shame of sin so we may be free. Free to move past our mistakes. Free to focus on what God wants us to focus on… our relationship with Him.
Our calling is to love others with the love that we have received. We received it freely, lavishly, and without expecting anything in return.
Grace is the power to live to God’s standard. Grace came through Jesus, came on the disciples, provided by God, and we can grow in it.
Rules subvert dependence and deny you responsibility for your decisions. Freedom leads us to dependence on God to keep us from going astray.
Spend your talents lavishly. It reflects the Father’s heart who is generous. | God isn’t a destination; He’s the abundant life. | More Kevin Shorter quotes:
People are often paralyzed from stepping outside the will of God for fear of adding years of extra pain or delaying promised blessings. Can we go beyond God?
Example of praying for understanding from Graham Cooke: Your favor is designed to make you look like Jesus. It gives you a lifestyle of giving & receiving.
God’s heart for redemption mean He is powerful enough to turn all of our darkest moments into signs of His wonderful goodness. No situation is too bad.
Shame will keep you from approaching God with your requests and keep you from living out who God has called you to be. Here are some thoughts from the book.
If you do not see God is good, you will not ask Him for things you care about. If you are afraid He will not come through, you will not persevere in prayer.