"You can live right and love wrong, but you can't love right and live wrong."
Pastor Trevor Barton of Hawk Creek Church has said this over and over in his recent sermon series, and I don't know if it's his quote or someone else's. I just love it and had to share. (Okay, I know that technically, you can't live right and love wrong, but I still like it because it exposes the Pharisee's false illusion that it's about what you do, not who/what you love.)
What does this quote say to you?
To me it says, stop focusing on legalities--whether or not something is permissible/acceptable, and take a good, honest look at what's inside your heart. Love of the world? Love of self?
It says, stop trying to be good enough for God and just get in His presence. The curtain isn't there anymore. He'll take you as you are, same ole' mistakes, warts, and all. Let Him transform you, because your own efforts will always end in failure.
It says, re-examine your daily ambitions. Your actions, reactions and words are proving who and what you love. Who/what is it? Hmmm.
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It says, when you truly love God, you will truly love people. And when you truly love people, you will be slow to anger, quick to forgive, eager to serve, and long-suffering.
God, help us to love you the way we should.