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Your Daily Dose of Boldness – Stretch Into the New Year

Stretch Into the New Year

Have you ever woken up after a particularly good night’s rest,
and as you make your first tentative steps away from your bed,
you begin the luxuriously painful yet pleasurable act of
stretching? Each muscle uncurling, each tendon rearranging
itself, each bone popping back into place.

That, my friends, is an excellent metaphor for our relationship
with Christ. It’s all about the endless, bitter/sweet stretch of
faith. We are continually realigning ourselves from our worldly
slumber back onto God’s path.

With Christianity, stretching is necessary because the love of
God is merely unimaginable. We must suspend our disbelief to
achieve just a smidgeon of understanding of how wholesome,
pure, and extraordinary a love like that is. As the Christian
author, Brennan Manning, once wrote, “Let go of impoverished,
circumscribed, and finite perceptions of God. The love of Christ is beyond
all knowledge; beyond anything we can intellectualize or imagine. It is not
a mild benevolence but a consuming fire. Jesus is unbearably forgiving, so
infinitely patient, and unendingly loving that he provides us with the
resources we need to live lives of gracious response.”

You can see why it’s hard to wrap our heads around such a
love. My wife, Jaclyn, loves me a lot and shows incredible feats
of patience and compassion, but even that is just a glimpse of
God’s love for me. I have nothing in this world to compare
it to.

However, there is a consequence of accepting this kind of love.
Even though Christ’s love is all-encompassing and all-inclusive,
receiving it isn’t easy, and it’s not without personal cost. You
can’t walk away from accepting God’s love without becoming
a changed man or woman. You walk away with the call to love
others and bring them into the same grace and forgiveness that
you experienced.

When we have entered a real relationship with God, we no
longer want to do, say, and be whatever we want. We want to
continue to stretch toward God’s Grace. We want to grow
taller, soar farther, and live longer in the heart of God. And
that changes a person. That kind of love transforms a person
for the better.

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AND I PRAY THAT YOU, BEING ROOTED AND ESTABLISHED
IN LOVE, MAY HAVE POWER, TOGETHER WITH ALL THE
LORD’S HOLY PEOPLE, TO GRASP HOW WIDE AND LONG
AND HIGH AND DEEP IS THE LOVE OF CHRIST, AND TO
KNOW THIS LOVE THAT SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE—THAT
YOU MAY BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE
FULLNESS OF GOD.

EPHESIANS 3:17-19


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