The Lord? Violent? Bloodthirsty? Our internal alarm bells are going off. It's time we listen to them.
It may be random and clouded with emotion, but it's still genuine, and that's all that matters, right? Right?
As we stand at our fence, greedily arguing with ourselves and with God, we're ignoring everything God has already given us inside His boundaries.
We decided that where we are is good enough. But what are we missing out on?
It doesn't matter how good we are. If we sin, we'll be punished. We have to resist sin. But we can't do it alone.
Raise your hand if you have ever been able to fully obey God and follow all His commands. Exactly.
The way you answer this question says a lot about your relationship with God.
Why do we get mad when God asks us only to treat people how He tells us to, or work how He tells us to, or have sex how He tells us to, or just live life how He tells us to?
The Ten Commandments seem like the beginner's level of being a Christian. But as I reread them, I was surprised by how many of the commandments conflict with things I really like to do.
Love isn't something you trip and fall into. Love isn't a collection of butterflies or heady emotions. Love is...well, love is...