Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Reckless Love of God by Alex Early

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Do I really claim the love of God for myself and do I allow it to pour out of my life into the people around me?  Alex says we are not silos to be filled with God's love and keep it for ourselves, but we are conduits to pass that love on to others who need to know God's love.

A few quotes that stuck out to me:

Jesus comes to us face-to-face with honest eyes, open hands, and a willing heart to touch the deepest human wounds with the healing balm of God's presence.

A covenant agreement says, "I am committed to your good no matter how many times you break my heart, and I will lovingly abide with you through my unmet expectations." That's God's heart toward his people.

When Jesus looks at you, both in your greatest strength and most profound weaknesses, his gut wrenches with love.

He finishes the book by saying we need to be careful how we talk about the church.  It is Jesus' bride and as such should be treated with respect.  If we think there are issues in the church now, imagine what it was like before it met Jesus.  It was a sobering thought to me, because it is way to easy to criticize churches and church leaders and to think about how we would do things differently. But these churches and the individuals in them, both leaders and lay people, make up the Church or the Bride of Jesus and as such need to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

I enjoyed this book and I want to more fully embrace God's love for me and allow that love to flow out of me to those around me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for reading and writing an honest review on the book.  All opinions expressed were my pwn.

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