Conviction

Do you ever see something, read something, hear something that just really stops you and makes you take stock of everything you are and everything you have been doing?

I’ve had a couple of these instances lately, one of which came while reading Francis Chan’s amazing book Crazy Love. I’ll write more about this book’s impact on me and my perspective in an upcoming post. But as a Christ follower, I truly believe this book has something for all of us who call ourselves believers.  Pick up this book! It’s hard to read because it is so convicting, but it is such a gift as well. I have a loooong way to go before I consider myself even on the right track in my walk, but it has altered the way I look at everything in my life.  I can’t encourage you enough to pick this book up.

The other came when I first saw this video posted on Facebook.  I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, but for those of you who haven’t, take a few minutes to watch this, and the subsequent video on love and marriage.  I can’t speak for you, but I can tell you I found myself, once again, standing convicted.  And hopeful.

So much of what has called me out lately also gives me hope that we as Christians are capable of making this world a better place.  At times it seems as though we are so lost, as a country, as a planet, and I think, by and large, we are.  But as long as there are people out there sharing the gospel, encouraging others to share the good news, and introducing those who don’t yet know Him to Christ, I believe we are capable of making the world better than it is now.

We have lost sight of the fact that God tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain, faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”  If we, would stop persecuting everyone around us and start loving them, I think the other two will follow close behind.  Can we work on that together? We don’t know what others around us are going through, but we do know, as human beings, that we all need love. And maybe we can give that love to someone who has never felt it before and subsequently be positive force in the world around us. Let’s live God’s love.

photo by Leland  Francisco and Luis Argerich.

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