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Crazy Love

Posted on February 9th, 2011

The Wednesday Wisdom Well

This well serves a unique drink:
Words that refresh and cause you to think.

As you know, I am a lover of words. There are times when I read an author’s writings or hear a songwriter’s lyrics, and my heart or mind is deeply affected. I thought I would share these wise words each Wednesday. I pray they encourage you as well.

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Excerpt taken from Crazy Love by Francis Chan, pages 56-57

“Most Christians have been taught in church or by their parents to set aside a daily time for prayer and Scripture reading. It’s what we are supposed to do, and so for a long time it’s what I valiantly attempted. When I didn’t, I felt guilty.
Over time, I realized that when we love God, we naturally run to Him–frequently and zealously. Jesus didn’t command that we have a regular time with Him each day. Rather, He tells us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” He called this the “first and greatest commandment” (Matt. 22:37-28). The results are intimate prayer and study of His Word. Our motivation changes from guilt to love.
This is how God longs for us to respond to His extravagant, unending love: not with a cursory “quiet time” plagued by guilt, but with true love expressed through our lives. Like my little girl running out to the driveway to hug me each night because she loves me.”

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