"God wants you to be in a relationship where you are loved, honored, and respected, therefore it is good and right that you should have that. But you need to insist on it. That means flat out saying ‘no’ to relationships where you are not loved, honored, and respected. That may mean saying ‘no’ a lot, but it will leave you in a position to recognize and say ‘yes’ when the right thing comes along."

Jed Brewer on episode 137 of Say That

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"I am throwing all my good works overboard, and lashing myself to the plank of free grace; for I hope to swim to glory on it."

— Charles Spurgeon (via godmoves)

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"Church is not a “Christians only” club. It’s open to the broken, the outcasts, the sinful, the needy. You can come as you are."

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Hell, And Then There Was Grace

Today at work while I was running around getting bread and drinks I over heard some of my coworkers talking about a song and one of them said, “I really enjoy this song because it talks about if there is a hell for all the people who have done horrible things, which I hope there is.” It got me thinking to how grateful I am that none of us can choose who goes to hell and why they should go there, because I believe as well intended as we can be, our judgement isn’t always right. I’ve learned this just from my own heart and how I think of people at times.

I started to think about the people who have hurt me or annoy the heck out of me and some I’m still trying to forgive and I’m truly thankful I don’t decide their fate and none of them can decide mine. Even if a person murders and was completely ill-intended about it, if they find Jesus and completely change from who they used to be and start helping people build better lives for themselves, I’m thankful for that. And to think, if I had the choice at the time when they murdered someone I probably would have wished the worse on them.

Something over the years that has drawn me to God so much that some people don’t necessarily like about Him, is how just He really is. He has no reason to have ill intent on people or jealousy over things they’ve done, He sees us as all as we truly are down to our hearts that we cannot even fully understand at times. So when He judges us I’m thankful to have Jesus, Who died for me and released me from my sins that I’m sure other people would have wanted me to go to hell for. But God won’t do that to me because I have trusted in His son.

How can I not be grateful for that?

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