We concluded our series on the attributes of God on Sunday and ended with love. It was a challenging lesson for me because I was struck by the truth that many Christians put a huge emphasis on love as if it was the preeminent trait in God’s character; as if any one attribute of God is more important than another.
When we elevate any attribute of God above another, we run the risk of making it an idol of worship rather than worshiping God for all that He is. We must be careful not to overstate this quality of God over any other. God’s love is amazing, but so is His holiness, righteousness and goodness.
That being said, we do not talk about the love of God enough. We talk about love a lot. We talk about romantic love and even unconditional love, but scripture is very clear that God’s love is inextricably connected to Jesus. He is the ultimate expression of God’s love and the purest form of it. God’s love is unconditional, but only through Christ. Love is not the goal. Jesus is. He is the understated love we so desperately need to speak more of.
That is the state of my heart right now as I think about our gathering. We have been together for over a year and we have seen God do some great things. He has taught us much about himself. He is the God who said He will fill our cup.
His faithfulness will guarantee that it will be done.
His righteousness will make sure it is to the top.
His goodness will fill it to overflowing.
His grace will pour out water that is full of life.
I want to live in the grace God gives and be the grace He is, to those around me. If you missed Sunday’s message, you can listen to it on the emersion life home page.
Grace to you, this week, and peace to you, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I was reading Les Misérables this week and was struck by Javerts encounter with God after Jean Valjean rocked his world with undeserved kindness. Victor Hugo is so great with words when he refers to the “derailment of the soul”, sending Javert “crashing into God.”
God’s undeserved mercy and love can either wreck us in a good way, leading to repentance and relationship or it can wreck us in a bad way, leading us to bitterness and denial. Javert was the latter. Jean Valjean was the former and so was Saul of Tarsus, Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis and countless others including myself.
Thank you God for wrecking me. May I constantly find myself crashing into You.
…like the first morning. Cat Stevens couldn’t have said it better. Check out the lyrics.
“Morning Has Broken”
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the world
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day
Monday night we talked about God’s justice and I came away realizing that I am convicted of my sin and convicted over my sin. In some odd way, I appreciate both. My conviction for my sins paves the way for my redemption, making me evermore grateful for Jesus and salvation. My conviction over my sin reminds me that of my heart change and that I am no longer a slave to sin, but Christ gives me the desire to live better and the power to do so. Father God, I echo the words of David, “Search my heart. Check my life. See if there is any sin in me and lead me in your ways.”
Say ‘goodbye’ to re:nu 2.0 and say ‘hello’ to re:nu 2.5. We are making the move to Sunday mornings beginning Feb 2, 2014, but not before we bid a fond farewell to Monday nights. It has been a great time to meet and we have come a long way from where we started, but the need for greater flexibility, usability and accessibility has caused us to shift our gathering to Sunday mornings. Come tonight with a sense of anticipation as we close out this chapter and celebrate the new.
After a year of meeting on Monday nights, we are moving to Sunday mornings. Mondays have been a great time to connect and grow, but it is time to emerge into the light and expand our horizons. We are looking forward to what the new change will bring.
Our new time will begin at 10:30am with worship. We have a place for kids to enjoy and the coffee is always hot. I hope you will be able to join us.
540 W Baseline Rd Unit 16, Claremont, CA 91711