Friends, I’m a day late on our Bible study of Lisa Whittle’s book, Behind Those Eyes—got caught up in the excitement of election day and just never made it to post. I’ll try to do better next week!
This week’s chapter is entitled, We Are Completely Loved and Accepted Completely. Even the title of this one gives me chill bumps.
I felt like this chapter was a great big hug from God. I don’t know about you, but I have struggled with the limitations of human love most of my life. Even now, I tend to bruise easily in relationships. The Lord must often remind me that He is the only One capable of perfect love.
The words that Lisa quotes from Brennan Manning’s book Above All have made me determined to get my hands on this one. On page 137 she quotes:
“In my first ever experience of being loved for nothing I had done or could do, I moved back and forth between mild ecstasy, silent wonder, and hushed trembling…The moment lingered on in a timeless now, until without warning I felt a hand grip my heart. It was abrupt and startling. The awareness of being loved was no longer tender and comforting. The love of Christ, the crucified Son of God, took on the fury of a sudden spring storm. Like a dam bursting, a spasm of convulsive crying erupted from the depths of my soul. Jesus died on the cross for me…”
Have you ever had such a moment? Perhaps, like me, you experience the wonder of this truth over and over again. Sometimes it hits me out of the blue, and I am filled with joy. Sometimes it comes after much study and reflection.
Whatever the circumstance, when this knowledge grabs a hold of me, nothing else matters.
It’s so much better than falling in love.
It’s falling in love over and over. It’s staying in love. Passionately.
That’s how it is with Him. And it never changes.
Blessings, friends, and much love to you.