Bought by the Blood

August 16, 2009

God’s love motivates our intimacy with Him

Filed under: Communing with God,God's love,Matthew — cubsfan1980 @ 7:33 pm
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I have much love for Francis Chan and really enjoyed His book “Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a relentless God.”  Here is an excellent quote from that book about we shouldn’t have a legalistic mindset for spending time with God, but instead be motivated by His love to meet with Him.

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Over time I realized that when we love God, we naturally run to Him – frequently and zealously.  Jesus didn’t command that we have a regular time with Him each day.  Rather, He tell us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  He called this the “first and greatest commandment (Matt.22:37-38).  The results are intimate prayer and study of His word.  Our motivation changes from guilt to love.

This is how God longs for us to respond to His extravagant, unedning love: not with a cursory: “quiet time” plauged by guilt, but with true love expressed through our lives.  Like my little girl running out to the driveway to hug me each night because she loves me.

-Francis Chan


1 Comment »

  1. Great quote, and great counterbalance to the Weekend Resource I published. I tend to stray towards legalism and methods when my hope should be in nothing less than Jesus bringing me into intimate communion with God. We ought not idolize the means we use to get to the end (though we ought to be careful to use effective, appropriate means).

    Comment by Daniel — August 17, 2009 @ 12:00 am | Reply

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