The good news of God’s saving grace in the gospel never gets old. And realizing we don’t deserve it always leads us to worship. That’s why we don’t move on to the better message. There is no better news. You will get the strength to help the hurting only when you understand what God has done for you in the gospel.
I don’t know about you but I don’t do well in this area of the Christian life and this book was helpful in getting over myself and looking at the work of the gospel. We do need the gospel 24/7 to bring others to the gospel as well. It is by receiving the love of God and responding to the gospel that we can serve others for the gospel. Do you see a trend here…Gospel. Not to do more, try harder, stay on that treadmill of Christianity…but the gospel. Saturate yourself in that. We need more Christian books like this. It is a saturation of gospel.
It also gives you 10 things not to do when someone you love is suffering. I will share only one because I hope it will tease you to find out the other 9. This one resonated with me and it was number 1. Don’t be the Fix it Person-where we have to fix everything. With every “not to”; a why is laid out that is refreshing. Good good stuff. Many times our encouragement only minimize’s a persons pain.
Some of the quotes that I found encouraging.
Maybe you’ve also heard that God changes our hearts in prayer, and so that’s why we pray. It is sometimes said that prayer doesn’t actually do anything outside of ourselves, but we pray because it changes us. …many times I find myself trying to change God’s will to mine but prayer is designed to change my will to God’s.
Paul told Peter that racism is not in line with the gospel. Racism is forgetting you are saved by Jesus’ blood-not your blood. Peter had betrayed the truth that God doesn’t treat us on the basis of race but saves us by grace alone.
I have to do a shout out for this as well. He has given the best example of the prosperity gospel that I have found. The prosperity gospel is basically what Martin Luther called a false theology of glory. That is, the belief that if you follow these instructions, then God will give you happiness. God becomes a buddy or a partner who exists to serve your needs. Salvation becomes not a matter of divine rescue from the judgment that is coming on the world but rather a matter of self-improvement in order to have your life here and now. It twists the truth because Christ came not bring earthly happiness but to save us from death and judgment, and he did so through suffering.
As always, the gospel gives us hope. A hope to help others and a hope when we fail. A hope to have faith and live in faith. It is a great journey to be on.
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