One of the main ways we experience God’s love is through the love of others as we give and receive: we need each other.
But this is not merely a program of social improvement. Those who go “out into the world” without a connection to the incarnate Christ are outside of the truth (2 John 7, 9-11).
Word and deed always go together.
The apostle Paul used “the same language for proclaiming his message (e.g., diakonia in 2 Cor. 3:3, 7—9; 4:1; 5:18; 6:3; 11:8) and for social ministry (diakonia in 2 Cor. 8:19-20; 9:1, 12-13).”12. Sadly, we tend to choose between these, but a biblical understanding of divine hospitality holds them together.
But genuine repentance is not about entering a pit of despair and self-abuse; it is about rediscovering the extravagance of God’s grace and the liberating power of his Spirit. Repentance means confessing things about ourselves, confessing things about God, and then trusting the Giver that we can be changed (see ch. 5). Repentance leads to life, not death (Acts 11:18)
As the meal of Communion brings us back to God’s hospitality, the Spirit renews us, and we then reach out to the world in a spirit, not of damnation but of compassion.
– For the 5×7 frame Pehrson made fox Jax gravesite
Opening night Star Wars 8 – the Last Jedi. 12-15-17
Just like a young child who has nothing, lacks nothing, because his father has everything, we enjoy the sheer abundance of belonging to God. Whenever we look to something beyond this relationship of belonging for joy or consolation, the problem is not that we want too much, but too little. Our deepest feelings of despair and dissatisfaction do not ultimately spring from a lack of possessions or belongings but from a failure to recognize whose child we are. Comfort comes when we, like the prodigal son, come to our senses and realize for the first time that to belong to the Father is to experience far greater wealth than our own individual portion of the inheritance could ever provide.
When Christ held up the denarius in Matthew 22: 15-22 and ends with the proclamation, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” he was “going all in.” There was no possibility of keeping one chip back. And this is the paradox. By going all in to God we risk everything and nothing at all.
Source – entering the movement of divine generosity God So Loved, He Gave Kelly M. Kapic with Justin Borger
“God makes afflictions to be but inlets to the soul’s more sweet and full enjoyment of his blessed self.” – Thomas Brooks, Remedies.
This video is very well done and answers that WHY question very well (click the link below).
– Two blocks from our capital in Lincoln.
The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/237103123