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God Loves You As You Are, Not As You Should Be

God Loves You As You Are, Not As You Should Be

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” Our religion [Christian] never begins with what we do for God.  It always starts with what God does for us; the great wondrous things that God dreamed up and achieved for us in Christ Jesus.

This morning when the Lord comes streaming into your life in the power of His word, in the fellowship of this faith community, all that He asks is that you be astonished that He bothered to come to you at all. The next time you look at that cross and learn at what price you are loved, all God asks, is that you marvel, be surprised, let your mouth hang open in silent wonder – ahhh – and begin to breath deeply.

If you’d like to benefit most from the worship this morning, I would suggest from this moment, until you put your head in the pillow tonight, you let the focus of your inner life rest on one truth – the staggering, mind blowing truth that God loves you, just as you are, and not as you should be, because no body in this building is as they should be. That God loves you, not the person next to you. Not that God loves Billy Graham or Mother Theresa or the Church or the whole world. Not that God loves us in some vague way, the whole human race. But the truth that God loves you in such a way that He’d rather die than be without you.” – Brennan Manning