God is Good And We are loved
We are not loved Because We are Good
We are loved Because God is Good
Being loved For Being Good
Is Bad Medicine,Bad Religion and a Bad Idea.
Wages are something you earn
Love is something you receive.
Wages are something you work for
Love is something you work from.
Our efforts to Earn love can only take us to a place of Pride or Shame.
Pride comes from believing that we are somehow better and more lovable than those around us.
Shame comes from believing that we have come up short and that we have been disqualified from the promise of Love.
Pride and Shame separate us from our true selves and from one another.
When love is recognized and received, it does not separate us, it integrates us.
It puts us back together inside and out. Real love pushes out fear and leaves us stunned and grateful.
Brennan Manning was fond of saying,
” A saint is not someone who is good,
A saint is someone who has tasted the goodness of God.”
Have you tasted His Goodness lately?
Today is Christmas and people all over the world are gathering
with family and friends, to celebrate, to feast and to enter a joy
that comes from beyond this world.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This Angelic declaration pushed out all fear and that is
This declaration was Good News and it caused Great Joy
and it was for All People and that is
The child in that manager lived, loved, and died……and then
He emerged from a tomb that could not hold Him
because there is a kind of love that is greater than death
and that is Good Love.
You and I are the expression of that Good Love to our daughters
and to our families and to this world.
Hope you get and give some Good Love this Holiday Season!
Dr. Don Worcester