LIVING IN GOD’S LOVE
My identity is rooted in God’s love through Jesus.
Our tendency is to base our identity on what we have, what we do, or what others think of us. Each of those approaches will fail – either ending in pride (in our success, but it’s only temporary; and it’s a relentless treadmill) or shame (in our failures).
When the above is true, I’ll live with honesty and vulnerability.
Facing and owning both my brokenness and freedom that comes from not having to be, or pretending to be, perfect. We go below the surface.
When I am living in God’s love, I’ll have the inner qualities of joy, peace, etc, that are not dependent on my circumstances.
This is faith – both gratitude (God’s love past and present) and anticipation (God’s love in the future); and the steps of personal trust which follow. Being so loved by God will also, ultimately, lead us to love God in return. Worship is another viral expression of this reality.
We’ll lean into our connection with God
John 15; also see Luke 15
This will include daily practices (prayer, Scripture, etc) but not as a task to ‘check off’ but as a cultivation of a conversational relationship (includes listening) with God – our spirit with the Spirit.