Saturday, August 13, 2011
I just finished reading this book called He Loves Me!, by Wayne Jacobsen. Katie, from the blog Radiance From Ruins, left me a comment suggesting I read this book. Thanks Katie, it was so worth the read!
I have been away from the Lord for the past 10 years and have just recently come back to him and renewing our relationship together. As much as I thought I understood how much God cared about me back before I fell away, I still apparently missed it, because I would have never run from him if I truly grasped how deep his love is for me. During my prayer time at Catalina Island a few weeks ago I totally surrendered to God and his beautiful presence filled me and he spoke to me telling me he loves me. He explained if I will come close to him, he will come close to me and reveal even more of himself to me. The more time I will spend with him, the more he will reveal. And I need all the love revealed to me that I can get!
I have always had a bad feeling inside when I hear certain preachers standing on street corners and yelling out to everyone that they are going to hell. My first thought and probably most everyones around me is get this guy away from me! We as humans long to feel love, we don't need anyone shouting our flaws and faults at us because let's face it, we are full aware of all our many failings and flaws already. I know I am! I long more to be loved and I know we all do. This book opens our eyes to the many ways God is always reaching out to us in love. He is never trying to hit us over the head with a bible, he gently calls us to him.
I almost don't even know how to put this book into words, but it takes our misconceptions of who we thought God was and shows us the softer side of God, the huge heart he has, the deep love he does everything out of. Wayne tries to point us to the direction of a loving relationship, not a works centered religion that makes us feel like unless we are doing something special for God he isn't happy with us. He shows us that trying to follow the laws and rules that we may find in the bible will only leave us frustrated. We just don't have what it takes to live a perfect life. Wayne does an awesome job going really in depth about grace, because this is where grace comes in. God loves us already, we don't have to do anything to get him to love us, he just does. When we truly learn to love him back and learn about his amazing and huge love for us personally, out of that stems a longing to do what is right. Religion can get it backwards. "No wonder Paul said that to really love like God loves will fulfill every bit of the law without even trying." p.187.
One of the things I really liked in the book was his teaching on what Jesus said in John 14:23 "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching." He shows how this verse can be taken 2 different ways. One way is the idea that if you say you love God you would keep his commands as if keeping them will be the way you prove your love. The teachings and actions of Jesus' interpretation really reveals a different way, which is if we get the loving right, the keeping will take care of itself. Paul said love will fulfill the whole law. The book points out the difference in the way we take this is critical in how we invest our efforts... in keeping or loving. (Some of this can be found on page 187)
If you have found God's love and want to read a book that will awaken your soul to seek out even more of God's love, this is a great book to point you in that direction. If you aren't really sure about God's love this is also a book that can open your eyes to the truth of how loving our heavenly father really is.
This is hands down one of the best books I've ever read, I really recommend it. It reads easy and is a page turner.
I got mine from Amazon He Loves Me!