We so often feel God is disappointed and angry with us because we are less than He wants and expects us to be. Joyce reminds us that God loves us because he wants to, not because we deserve it. And He never stops loving us. He refuses to leave us alone. “He meets us where we are and helps us get to where we need to be.” (viii)
is determined to have intimate relationship with each of us, and the
only way he can do that is if He extends grace, mercy and forgiveness
to us continually.” (x)
writes about at all the issues that keep us from accepting God's
unconditional love toward us. She looks at perfectionism and its
ramifications (verses doing our best because we love Jesus), father
issues, rejection, wrong perceptions that muddy our vision, guilt and
shame (and phantom leg pain), religion and a religious attitude,
trying to be someone we're not, not accepting God's forgiveness,
failing to receive God's word, being overwhelmed by sin, having
difficulty trusting God, and more.
single most important goal of this book,” Joyce writes, “is to
unburden you of the baggage you have carried into your relationship
with the Lord – hurt, bad teachings, flawed views of a father, a
works-based faith, wrong fear of God and other things that are all
heavy items of baggage that steel our joy.” (116) Take the focus
off ourselves, she advises. Place it on God and His mercy.
is a very practical book. Joyce tells lots of stories to illustrate
her teaching points. If you have difficulty accepting God's love for
you and being comfortable in His presence, read this book. “The
understanding of grace, forgiveness, mercy, the unconditional love of
God and the doctrine of righteousness through Christ is the
foundation for everything else in our relationship with and service
for God.” (224) Joyce helps us build a good foundation.
for thought: “Sad Christians are people who simply don't know what
they have in Christ.” (118)
food for thought: “We are called to be excellent but God leaves
flaws in even His choicest saints to that they will always need Him.”
Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. She
has written nearly 100 inspirational books. Her TV and radio
broadcasts air worldwide.
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