[vimeo id="98762180"] Some of us may have developed some views of our faith that are somewhat skewed from what they should be. Relevant Magazine highlighted some of these views not too long ago. I think that many of them can be so subtle that we don’t even realize we even have them.
Here are a few of them:
First, your motivated by shame instead of love. Shame has a root in a belief that God’s opinion of you is determined by how much you have pursued or not pursued Him. We may feel guilty about it. This can cause you to operate out of fear instead of love. We should never operate out of fear. The fact is that God’s standard of love is directly displayed in Jesus and how He loved you – John 3:16 makes this very clear. Remember that nothing can separate you from His love. We should always operate from a foundation of love – not guilt.
Second, you’re afraid of being outside of God’s will instead of trusting that you’re right where He wants you. I think the idea behind God’s will is that all we need to understand is that His will is right in front of us every day. And the bottom line is, that if you’ve placed your trust in Him, He will not betray that trust and will make sure to guide you according to His good plan and purpose. In time He will reveal the bigger picture and move you forward when you’re ready.
Third, you feel a need to defend the gospel. There’s nothing bad about having a good conversation about your faith with people, but instead of trying to defend the gospel, why not just reveal it in the way you conduct yourself? I think too often we get caught up in the argument rather than actually living out the gospel. Saint Francis said to always preach the gospel and to use words when necessary. Similarly, we need to remember that Jesus’ life revealed the gospel in the way He lived. He said if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. So become Jesus in your conversations rather than just another arguer.
These three points are great reminders to guide along the right view of your faith in God. Remember, faith should always be a liberating element in our lives and not something that drags us down. We must continually cultivate a healthy view of God and our relationship with Him. When we do, we’ll be sure to live empowered.
Thanks for checking out my blog today; I hope you’ve been encouraged. If there are ideas that you would add to this list, please feel free to respond below – I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have a great day!