LOVE bears all things, BELIEVES all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
– 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a (ESV)
This is a truly beautiful video based on God’s description of love In 1 Corinthians 13.
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But, as Paul Tripp points out in today’s #TwitterWisdom, it says a lot about God!
[@PaulTripp: Every act of personal obedience is concrete evidence of what only grace can do to change a heart.]
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
– Ephesians 2:8-9
I thought my friend Mike K’s Facebook profile picture illustrated what grace does to us perfectly:
A note about Twitter Wisdom.
I’ve been featuring an uplifting, insightful, poignant, thought-provoking, clever and/or funny tweet that I come across each day on my radio show for several years. I am going to try to share some of them on my blog, as well.
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It’s easy to forget just how powerful our God is. There are no limits to what He can do, but we often look at our circumstances as if they’re as hopeless as they would be without Him.
Here’s a word of encouragement to those waiting for God to move in the heart of someone they love.
Whether it’s a friend, a spouse, a parent, a prodigal child, a relative, neighbor or coworker, don’t give up on God. Or them.
No matter how far from God they may appear to be right now.
No matter how impossible it may seem.
Even if they look you in the eye and tell you there’s NO WAY they’ll ever change their mind.
When every sign points towards there being no hope.
Don’t give up on God!
Don’t look at someone in your life and think, “well, there’s no way they’d ever follow God,” or “they’re never gonna change.”
Don’t ever view a situation as beyond hope, or circumstances as beyond repair.
Our God is a God who SPECIALIZES in the impossible.
He loves to do things that blow our minds.
Think about this. Saul of Tarsus was on his way to kill Christians when he, literally, saw the light. He had papers in hand, to extradite Christ followers and bring them back with him to be killed.
Saul was as far from Jesus as he could possibly be. Actively working in direct opposition to everything Jesus had lived for.
[Read the amazing story of Saul’s conversion in Acts 9:1-19.]
Jesus stopped Saul in his tracks, changed his heart and turned it all around.
If you had asked Saul if he was going to join the apostles and follow Christ that day, he would’ve scoffed. But that’s exactly what happened.
Saul became Paul that day. He went all in with Jesus, planting churches and leading people to Christ everywhere he went. He wrote much of the New Testament–words that encourage, instruct, edify, and evangelize to this day.
Russell Moore put it this way:
“Who knew that God would raise up a C.S. Lewis, a Charles Colson? They were unbelievers who, once saved by the grace of God, were mighty warriors for the faith.
The next Jonathan Edwards might be the man driving in front of you with the Darwin Fish bumper decal. The next Charles Wesley might be a misogynist, profanity-spewing hip-hop artist right now. The next Billy Graham might be passed out drunk in a fraternity house right now.”
Lee Strobel, the Chicago journalist who famously set out to prove Christianity untrue and ended up writing The Case For Christ, one of the seminal books of the faith from the past 50 years, tweeted this earlier this week:
In Ephesians 3:20, it is Paul who reminds us that God is …”able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
So, when things seem impossible, unfixable, or hopeless–don’t forget that GOD CAN. And does…
No one would’ve predicted Saul’s transformation. Nobody woke up that morning with any kind of hope that anything would change in his heart, or in the direction of his life.
Don’t stop praying.
Don’t stop believing.
It’s never too late.
Nothing is impossible with God.
You can never fall too hard,
So fast, so far
That you can’t get back
When you’re lost
Where you are is never too late,
So bad, so much
That you can’t change
At the foot of the cross
– from Who You Are by Unspoken
I’m going to post some extended thoughts on pain in the near future, but I saw a tweet today that I wanted to share and comment on today.
Man, that is so true.
I encourage you to resist the urge to just wall off the part of your heart that hurts, thinking it’s the only way to move forward.
That’s exactly what the enemy wants us to do. When we do that, we lose a part of heart and part of our capacity to feel, to love.
We try to play some sort of mental game with ourselves, pretending the pain’s not there. But we know. We always know.
Loving those who hurt us, praying for the ones who cause us pain, not giving up on people and relationships, no matter how jacked up they may be at the moment, asking God to restore and heal–this is how we avoid closing off a part of our heart.
Doing, as Paul tells us in Romans 12:18 18, “…as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
We need to not numb our emotions but deal with them, work through them, rise above them.
I like what one of my friends posted on Facebook this week, “God’s way isn’t always easier, but it’s always worth it.”
Guard your heart… Press on!