“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.” A.W. Tozer
We are the people of paradox–the apparent contradiction that is not a contradiction at all because it is truth.
We live by dying to self. His strength shows in our weakness.
We are supposed to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and rejoice when life has us down.
We are supposed to live without fear, to live with peace in our hearts.
Sometimes, we are the people of the wrong paradox. We fear when we should hope and trust. We lack peace because we fear.
He is the God of paradox. He won by losing.
When everyone else thought He was gone for good, thought His teaching was done, He won the greatest victory ever.
He won over death.
Don’t fear. Hold to hope. Find peace.
Easter has come.
Jesus will come again.
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“Sin is the failure to live freedom excellently.” George Weigel
When we were children, we told ourselves, when we grew up, we would do what we want. We would stay up late, drive a car, and watch whatever we want on television.
But then we grew up and wished we could go to bed earlier. We wondered how we’d pay for car repairs. And we wanted to find some time to watch TV. Or when we did have the time, we wished there’d be something on worth watching.
We didn’t realize as children that our extra sleep helped us function and learn. Our parents chauffeured us around while bearing the burdens of car ownership and maintenance. And we enjoyed an innocence about how the world worked–or failed to work well.
We still don’t realize–and often don’t like to admit–rules are good for us. Continue reading “The Paradox of Rules for Free People”