We are a work of art, forged by eternal Love. Our design is meant to express our maker’s wisdom. Since our maker’s essence is Love, we too are expressions of his loving ways.
When we choose to connect with Love, our essence and maker, we are free to enjoy a peaceful life in this world, regardless of circumstances. He makes his home in us and we share his power to love and forgive everyone.
When we choose to connect with the systems of this world, we allow our peace, joy and love to become dependant on our circumstances.
It’s a choice we make, and we are free to make it. But each of us has a particular timing that only he knows.
And we need to be careful not to allow people to tell us how we are supposed to live.
We can’t live a genuinely free spiritual life when we judge, single out others and live in a bubble of self-righteousness.
When we connect with Love, we live under grace, knowing we can do no good without it operating in our hearts.
Let this divine grace lead your heart, not people.
It is when we allow our maker to bring us into a full expression of his love poem that we become salt of the earth, powerfully able to love one another for his good works.
Living in the spirit is about putting Love first in our lives. It’s about being inclusive and merciful instead of judgmental.
After spending most of my life as an atheist, I have found Christian groups to display the least welcoming and most judgmental behavior I’ve experienced in life.
I have visited, joined and frequented a lot of different Christian groups and have found that they live in bubbles. It is difficult to make friends with them, because of how “concerned” they are about not living in the world and how much they avoid it.
I have found it quite difficult, as someone who breaths God’s grace everyday and who knows his love is not selective, to become close with Christians. Their tendency to single out people who do not correspond to their ways breaks my heart.
When I experienced a conversion 7 years ago, I was alone and no one preached to me. God puts his word, which is the expression of his eternal love and almighty power, in people’s hearts however he wants. Including people who haven’t heard of Jesus.
The transformation that he operates in our lives is unique to each of us and entirely up to his will.
It is wonderful to read the word and experience the joy and peace that it gives as God reveals more and more of himself to us personally. However there is a lot of interference in this beautiful and powerful relationship coming from people in religion – even those from non-denominational groups.
Last year was decisive for me to move on from a number of such groups I had “trialed”.
If you have tried finding community in the “Christian world” and felt they were never going to let you in, don’t be discouraged. That’s likely not the place where God has called you to be.
Remember: God’s will is for us to love one another.
And there is a whole world out there where we can meet and, regardless of our differences, be inclusive as Jesus was. He is the incarnation of God’s perfect love and infinite mercy.
On January 5th I celebrated 7 years since my conversion. It feels like I’ve lived hundreds of years, yet I feel so rejuvenated because everyday is a fresh start when Love is our master.
I’m taking the opportunity to share a bit of my story again today. I know it encourages believers and non-believers alike.
When I was an atheist, two psychologists helped me navigate and cope with a series of life events that crushed me. But they never healed me.
To say that I was hanging by a thread would be an understatement. And although I have a lot of appreciation for deeply humane and loving psychologists like the ones who helped me, there’s only so much they can do.
I couldn’t imagine myself going one week without therapy. At that point I felt emotionally crippled. My life was a full-time burden.
That’s when I did the unimaginable. One night I surrendered and asked God for help. Being an atheist, I had no idea what I was doing. But I had a crushed, humble heart as I called him. And God listened.
God healed overnight what two different psychologists couldn’t heal in years.
For the first time in my life I knew that there was one who loved me just the way I always wanted to be loved. And his divine love set me free.
God’s love worked in me to forgive others who had been the root cause of a lot of emotional turmoil in my life. And he also taught me to forgive myself.
Without God’s love, I could never have healed.
It is his divine and eternal love in me that makes it possible to forgive everyone and the world everyday, regardless of merit. And heal.
I grew up being told to defend myself. You probably did too.
And I have to admit it: my instincts used to tell me the exact same. Sometimes they still do. But I know now that the best defence that I can ever get is not my own, or anyone else’s.
It is the wise, timeless and powerful defence from the One who is the master of everything we see (and cannot see).
Relying on God to do the weight lifting takes confidence in his love, trust in his ways and faith in his power to transform us.
We become stronger when we stop defending ourselves and let God defend us instead. While we might fail, he always succeeds and does exactly what needs to be done to deliver us from our oppressors and bring peace to our lives.
Relying on God to defend us is a daily exercise.
But his strength becomes our strength when we let him take over from us. All we have to do is step back and watch his love at play making the impossible possible in every aspect of our lives.
The Good News bring us hope and peace. Which is why we should never use them to crush others and frame them as sinners.
We are all sinners and capable of the same things.
As we start navigating the Word, we will realize all these horrible things about ourselves and others. But we do so with the confidence and peace of mind that God forgave us through Jesus.
There are also a million other sins we won’t be aware of. Possibly things this world looks up to. And with God lifting the burden of guilt from us with his forgiveness, we will be able to, under his grace, make better choices as we move forward.
It is only when we put love (=God) first that our lives reflect His love, peace, forgiveness and hope.
And the greatest of all these is love.
We are called to love one another, not judge one another.