I’ve often wondered why, when Jesus came, the only people He had a beef with were the religious people. I mean, He loved the sinners. He preferred eating in their homes and associating with them over the law abiding Jews (His “people”)... and the sinners LOVED Him. If the religious elite preached hard core law, elevating themselves to a place of “righteousness” that the people could never reach which led to them not even trying, and Jesus neglected those leaders, don’t you wonder what it was like to be eating dinner with Jesus? Could you imagine the love He showed them that would make them feel as though they could be a part of His family? I mean, the “worst of the worst” were His followers!
Why is it any different today?
Why do we feel like we have to condemn people into following God? Why do we feel like we have to call out their sins and make them feel about 2 feet tall before they can come to repentance? Doesn’t it say in Romans 2:4 that the goodness of God leads to repentance? So why do people get upset today when pastors preach grace and goodness, when in the BIBLE it specifically says that the GOODNESS of God draws men to repent. I mean, Jesus’ life was a testimony of that goodness. MY life is a testimony of Gods goodness.
I guess I’m just tired of the “fire and brimstone” message and want to go deeper. I want to know who my Good Father is, truly. What is His heart, and would He be happy if He came into our churches today. He longs for our worship and praise, but how can you worship someone you’re terrified of? That’s not love. I just want to make sure I’m on the same page with God and not leading people down a dead end road. I want Gods love to infiltrate me so I can pour that into others. I want condemnation to be the last thing a person would feel from me. “Father, reveal Your character to this world in a mighty way.” “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”
I John 4:17-19
With today's challenge one specific woman came to mind. I dont know her name and may never see her again but i knew her soul. The lady in the purplish pink top. During this performance with Akoma arts we had a time for audience participation, anyone from the audience could come up to dance and drum with us. The lady i spoke of ran to the stage kicked her shoes off and had so much passion and exuded joy as she moved, no one in the audience existed only the dance and the drum. Our collective affirmation before arriving on stage was to inspire and bring healing. Watching her was one of those moments i knew the power of drum and dance as the observer, like looking at myself in the mirror while waiting in line to go down the floor in class at Malonga Casquelourd Center. Ive always described the feeling of dance as a healing experience. The drums call me like grandmother returned, its a rare sight for me to not run to greet them.
Reflexión: Los Cielos se cierran sobre nuestra vida, cuando fallamos en nuestra relación don Dios y violentamos el pacto de misericordia que Él ha hecho con nosotros; sin embargo, los cielos no se cierran para que vivamos en crisis, para destruirnos o para avergonzarnos; se cierran para empujarnos a la oración y a la búsqueda intensa de Dios y para que volvamos al Pacto y restauremos nuestra comunión con Él. 🔸Asimiló : Que de mi depende que los cielos se cierren o se abran sobre mi vida y sobre mi familia; Respetando el Pacto con Dios, o fallándole a Él. 🔸Liberación: Renuncio a mis actitudes que me llevan a fallar al Pacto y a todo aquello que cierra los cielos sobre mi vida y la de mi familia. Porque me doy cuenta que la vida que tengo depende de mi Pacto con Dios. 🔸Definición: Decido volver al Pacto y mantenerme en Él con la ayuda de Dios y la dirección sabia de Su Espíritu Santo.
Reflection: The heavens close over our life, when we fail in our relationship with God and violate the covenant of mercy He has made with us; nevertheless, the heavens do not close so that we live in crisis, to destroy ourselves or to be ashamed; they close to push us to prayer and to the intense search of God and so that we return to the Covenant and restore our communion with Him. 🔸Assimilated: That it depends on me that the heavens close or open up about my life and my family; Respecting the Covenant with God, or failing Him. 🔸Liberation: I renounce my attitudes that lead me to fail the Covenant and everything that closes the skies over my life and that of my family. Because I realize that the life I have depends on my Covenant with God. 🔸Definition: I decide to return to the Covenant and remain in Him with the help of God and the wise direction of His Holy Spirit.
Everything still, peaceful and beautiful with the colors of Winter. Every season has its own magic. Enjoy! YourSoulTreasures.com
Todo quieto, en paz y bello con los colores del Invierno. Cada estación tiene su propia magia. Disfruta! YourSoulTreasures.com/espanol