When it comes to being gentle, start with yourself. Don’t get upset with your imperfections. Being disappointed by failure is understandable, but it shouldn’t turn into bitterness or spite directed at yourself.St. Frances de Sales (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
Single Laity: Giving yourself wholly to God and His work on Earth.
Religious Life: Giving yourself wholly to God and His Church.
Married Life: Giving yourself wholly to God, your spouse, and your family.
Single Laity: Using your gifts fully in order to bring others to God.
Religious Life: Using your gifts fully in order to bring others to God.
Married Life: Using your gifts fully in order to bring others to God.
This probably sounds mean. But I’ve learned that if you keep saying “Jesus loves you” over and over and over again, it gets old. It gets abused. Not because the love of God is inadequate or incomplete, but because our definition of it is so lazy and lacking.
If you keep saying “God has grace for me” while you stay the same, you have not even begun to understand the implications of the cross. It’s still just abstract doctrine. You couldn’t possibly have met the man who carried the cross up a hill to die for you. You need more grace then, and not less.
I’m saying all this not because I love you less: but because I love you more.
I know it’s mostly subconscious: almost no one wants to abuse God’s love. But if you do not define God’s love as a relentless, furious, soul-shattering power that rescues you from death, then you’re left with a tiny two-inch keychain-god who fits in your pocket and can be tossed at your convenience.
Jesus does love you. He also said it’s better to get into Heaven with no eyes and no hands then you get into Hell with both. We can abuse God’s love without ever changing, because His love is inexhaustible: but why would we even want to? Why settle for a halfway grace? God is offering a glorious life of freedom ahead. I’ve tasted that freedom and I can’t go back anymore. I wouldn’t trade that joy now for anything. I hope you’re desperate enough to find that joy, and that you really mean it.
There are days when I can’t wait to go to bed because I know His mercies are new every morning, and I feel like I’ve almost run out.M.C. Ecclesiastes 12: Reconciliation (via mountainmusing)
God is in love with you; He is in love with your individuality, it’s His perfect masterpiece.(via maddyeline)
[W]e live in interwoven networks of terminally casual relationships. We live with the delusion that we know one another, but we really don’t. We call our easygoing, self-protective, and often theologically platitudinous conversations ‘fellowship,’ but they seldom ever reach the threshold of true fellowship. We know cold demographic details about one another (married or single, type of job, number of kids, general location of housing, etc.), but we know little about the struggle of faith that is waged every day behind well-maintained personal boundaries.Vaughan Roberts, True Friendship (via earthstranger)