Do You Have Love

forgiveness

Oh, you foolish,______________(fill your name here), who has tricked you?! Are you that foolish to believe you can do on your own what Christ has already done for you? Do you not know there is no amount of sacrifice, deeds, or talk, that can save you? Only He can save you. Why do you search for an easy out? Why do you continue to hold on to what Jesus has set you free from?  Galatians paraphrased by me.

We live in a world constantly searching for answers to the wrong questions. We ask questions to manipulate the answers for the results we want. We want to be told we are OK and we want to be comfortable in our sins and denials.

We want the quick fix.

We want to be forgiven, yet we refuse to forgive.

We want to be loved, yet we refuse to love.

We want to be somebody, when we are nobody.

We ask, but we are unwilling to give.

The road to destruction is wide and crowded. It is an easy road to take, because many will point you to it. At first the ride is smooth and without bumps, but when the bumps come you will soon find out you are on a dead end.

Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it. Matthew 7:13-14

I think the path is narrow because it calls us to love. It calls for us to forsake ourselves, to die to our wants, our flesh, and to love others. It calls for us to forgive others. This is a hard concept to swallow. What? Forgive someone who wronged me?! What? Love someone who doesn’t deserve it?

Only through death will we find life. Whoever clings to life, will lose it.

It is as if we are more willing to sacrifice everything else, but ourselves. We are such a prideful people we do not even know we are heading to a cliff and we will fall off into the abyss if we do not turn around.

If we are to see revival, then we must lay ourselves down at His feet. We must humble ourselves and repent. Only then will He heal us.

Your lies will find you out. You can give lip service all you want, but the day will come when you will stand before Him and the question He will ask is…. “Did you love?”

Author: Crooked Places Straight

Stacey Kessler lives in the soy and corn capital with her husband, James, and their little four legged ball of cuteness, JJ. Together they minister the love of Jesus Christ through Prophetic and Evangelistic ministry. Crooked Places Straight exists to share God's love and truth through the written word to people who seek healing, encouragement, and hope. It is my hope and prayer that through sharing testimonies, stories, and teaching, His Holy Spirit will lead you into a deeper relationship with Him; so you may know and grasp your inheritance in His glorious riches of salvation through Jesus Christ. From glory to glory... I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. Isaiah 45:2 To contact Stacey at Crooked Places Straight, email crookedplacesstraight@gmail.com

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