Summary: We need to be compelled in our love for others and God in Christ is for us.
Red Moon Rising (book)
Dubi Czech Republic pp. 46-47 sex trade. Author and wife decide to show love to the prostitutes. Awkward, but felt called by the Lord to do so.
Girl on the East Side cussed out by her man, children near her, we just walked by (Vickie and I). Didn’t know what to say. Angry man (“you go find you some bleepin bleeps over there, now!) just feet away, etc. I feel I failed.
How I often lack love
By others’ lack of love
By my focus on others’ lack of love
By my feeling of powerlessness and timidity or “unworthiness.”
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
When I wake up: Does my day go as I wish (with God?)
WHAT compels me? Why am I here? (Stockton: Who am I? Why am I here?)
• Political agenda?
• Just to make it through the day without much trouble?
• Dress, and work, and converse in such a way that people will put me on their “acceptable” list, maybe even think of me as a friend?
Richards, Teachers Commentary
Paul now stated a powerful theological argument. Christ died for all. He died for us in order that we who live should stop living for ourselves, and begin to live for Him. That is, God’s purpose in the Cross was to change us, and change the focus of our lives.
There is only one thing that will really bring about change in a believer’s life, and move him or her toward Christlikeness. That is the love that Christ Himself pours into the heart in which He dwells. Mere human forms of motivation—the attempts to coerce, to shame, to move by guilt—may bring conformity of action. But they will never change the heart, and it is the heart—the unseen world within—with which Christian ministry is concerned.
RED MOON, p 47, bottom – p. 50 (interesting that I read this story AFTER I walked by the girl on the eastside corner on my way to the Stewart Road revival)
My response to the girl on the East Side? I walked on by (got to get to the meeting)
Intrigued and encouraged by how Christians from one local church were compelled to reach out to a “forgotten community.”
Mark: former pastor—wife divorced him, grandchildren murdered, denomination snubbed him, etc. yelled “SHOW YOURSELF” to God. Saw a rainbow he could “just reach out and touch.” Said it again a few days later (sunny, not rainy) and saw a rainbow in the reflection of a pond. Looked up and saw a “full circle” rainbow in the sky.
Suicide mom: gun to mouth: God, I can’t handle this anymore! I need you to help me! God: are you ready to do it my way?
. . .but i am also burdened by them: “why is my story not so full of belief?”
THESE STORIES TEACH US A LESSON ABOUT how God looks at us.
NO LONGER LOOK FROM A WORDLY VIEW
Lunch Room Hierarchy—sit according to pecking order
Searching for God Knows What (book):
Three Legged Man is better than a bearded lady! (story about hierarchy among “frieks”)
Republican/poor/skin color. All things we use to divide ourselves from others.
We do this inside and outside the church.
LOVE Quotient: Natural Church Development principle (book by Christian Swartz)
Jesus and the cup in Luke
Because “all things are become new,” we also have a new view of people around us. We see them as sinners for whom Christ died. We no longer see them as friends or enemies, customers or coworkers; we see them the way Christ sees them, as lost sheep who need a shepherd. When you are constrained by the love of Christ, you want to share His love with others.
In the same way, we must learn to look at our brothers and sisters with the eyes of faith. We must affirm, with Paul, that “in Christ” they are “new creations.” The old has gone, the new has come within. And because the new has come, in time, behavior too will change and our loved ones or friends will learn to love the One who died for them.