I've been reading Crazy Love, by Francis Chan, with a Mom's Bible Study that meets twice a month. This author is so real, so raw. I don't think his concern for offending Christians is anywhere near his concern for preaching the truth. How refreshing!
In chapter five he's talking about how "lukewarm christians" tend to give God their leftovers. It's a painful read, to say the least.
He says, according to God, we are all here to love. That's it. And that if we are loving God and others, we won't be falling away, we won't be on our way to sin. Sounds so lovely, doesn't it?
He asks his readers to read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (the most popular scripture used in wedding ceremonies - ha!) and to replace YOUR name with this word "love." It's amazingly moving. Take a listen:
"Meghan is patient. Meghan is kind. Meghan does not envy or boast. Meghan is not arrogant or rude. Meghan does not insist on her own way. Meghan is not irritable or resentful. Meghan does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but Meghan rejoices with the truth. Meghan bears all things. Meghan believes all things. Meghan hopes all things. Meghan endures all things..."
Then he writes, "by the end, don't you feel like a liar? If I am meant to represent what love is, then I often fail to love people well." Well put. Thought this was a great start for all of us to recognize where we are lacking in what we are called to do. Hope it blesses you today...