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...
God's anger is burning. Not because He hates us, but because He hates sin. Not because He can't stand to look at us, but because He can't stand to see us suffer.
How can we be so casual?
We want "yes", but God says "no". Or we want "no", when God actually says "yes". What are we supposed to do in these situations?
I have been trying so hard, for so long. I've been trying to be perfect. And I'm freaking sick of it. I'm done. I'm not here to be perfect.
I just can't do it anymore.
Some of the men of Judah or Dan or Naphtali or Ephraim were not pleased.
They wanted a different answer. They didn't want to obey. They didn't like God's decision. They disagreed with His law.
Can you believe that?
Of course you can.