Questions for you!

IMG_9465*Updated 11th December 2012*

Some questions I’ve been considering, and might eventually get round to writing about as individual blog posts… Please share your thoughts and ideas – I’m in the mood for some discussion!

What’s the difference between gratitude and love?

Love of God or love of God? Who first loved? And who loves first?

Can too much talk of God’s love be dangerous?

Jesus – the way, the truth and life, or just the best way, the best truth, the best life?

What on earth is preaching?!

* Updated * What is sanctification, how does it differ/link to justification? (Prompted by this discussion going on here and here.)

Over to you now – go on, help me out. Pick a question or two and give me your thoughts!

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2 Responses to Questions for you!

  1. Cat says:

    Good Questions Emily… goodness where to start! On the Sanctification link- Do you have to ask what it means to be obediant? Is that what the guy is worried about? That after you become a Christian then what about obediance and what does that amount to? Maybe?
    Its hard for us to understand that we bring nothing to Christ and afterwards we have all of Christ so we need not bring anything still. :) Would like to hear your thoughts about obediance?

  2. Emily says:

    Hmm, more questions to ponder. I think obedience does seem to be what their discussion centres around. On another post, Murray uses John 14 to say “that there is a love from God the Father and a love from God the Son that is a response to our keeping the word of Jesus.” (http://headhearthand.org/blog/2011/12/14/does-jesus-respond-to-our-obedience-with-love/)
    Question: What does it mean to ‘keep the word of Jesus’? What does it mean to have his commandments and keep them (John 14:21)?
    “Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”
    (John 14:23-24 ESV)
    I’m going to think more about this, but my gut-reaction is that we are called to love Christ, and those who love will obey… Therefore, if we neglect to love him as we should, (i.e. we don’t see him as lovely) of course our experience of his love will diminish or be lessened! Because we cut ourselves off from it. The problem with my experience of God’s love, though, is not because he’s holding it back or off in a grump – it’s with me! Choosing other things above his love that won’t satisfy. Is that not what sin is?
    What is terrifying to me, though, is that in doing that – not seeing Christ as loving and kind and gentle with the (Christian and not yet a Christian) sinner, gives me no reason to be drawn back. If Jesus isn’t showing us a God who loves in the face of sin, why are we Christians?! What drew us to God in the first place? Some desire to ‘do right’, or ‘to Serve’?!
    What do you think?!

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