#LoveRevolution

Finding a church that is “the right fit” can sometimes be a difficult challenge…one which I struggled with on the back end of last year after moving to Greenville to become a Clemson MBA student.  I’m certainly not saying that there aren’t many great churches in Greenville.  There are.  It’s just that sometimes, things “don’t click” for whatever reason, and you end up looking for a place where you can feel more “at home.”

Thankfully, God often guides us through our friends and family- Love Revolutionand I decided to attend NewSpring Church in Anderson with some of my best friends from Clemson a few Sunday’s ago.  Three weeks later- after attending and watching NewSpring’s #LoveRevolution series-  I am happy to say that I have found great spiritual fulfillment- a feeling I hope to share today through this blog.

The #LoveRevolution series focuses on- well, you guessed it…Love.  And the great thing about the word “Love” to me is that it is an all-encompassing part of our lives.

Love determines…

  • the way that we act towards others, towards ourselves, and towards God.
  • the extent to which we trust God’s plan for us.
  • the speed with which we enable ourselves to climb out of the “pits” of loneliness and doubt.
  • the degree to which we allow ourselves to believe, “It’s not about me.”
  • the way we FORGIVE- both others and ourselves.

Love is one of the most precious gifts we have been given, and at the same time is also the most important of God’s commandments.   Jesus tells us in Matthew 22: 37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Today, Pastor Perry’s message about Forgiveness particularly resonated with me.  Below are a couple of my favorite highlights from the sermon.

  • “There is freedom in forgiveness” and  “Unforgiveness is like driving around a car with the emergency brake on.”
    • Unless we forgive others, we will never allow ourselves the freedom to unleash our maximum potential.  We will always have something holding us back.
    • “Forgiven people forgive people.”
      • Fair is a place we go to ride rides.”
        • So often we find ourselves questioning God and saying (or thinking), “If you only knew my story, you would understand.”  While it’s sometimes hard for us to understand God’s plan, we must trust Him and be grateful that He isn’t fair.  Things wouldn’t look so rosy for us if that were the case.
  • “Forgiveness is not an option.  It’s an obligation.  It’s not a consideration.  It’s a commandment.”
  • “God majors in the miraculous.  He did it for Joseph.  He did it for Jesus.  He can do it for you.”
    • We all face set-backs in life.  Things don’t always go according to plan.
    • While the path may be a bumpy one, “God cries every tear with us” and he is always preparing us for our greater purpose.
    • “Nobody can stop the dream that God has put in your heart.”
    • “Pit happens.”
      • Life’s tough.  Get a Helmet… and a Bible.  Play hard and Pray hard.

If you haven’t already seen the #LoveRevolution Series and want to find new inspiration in your day, watch the video recordings at the link below.

http://newspring.cc/series/love-revolution/

Crazy Stupid LoveWhile not trying to completely change the tone of my post, I’m smiling while I write because I watched the movie “Crazy, Stupid, Love” this weekend with a close friend.  I know there are haters out there threatening to take my man card, but guys be honest- Ryan Gosling is a boss, and it’s an awesome movie.

The movie’s plot weaves in several love stories to the lives of its characters and certainly gives a realistic glimpse of how love can be downright “crazy” at times.  But the overarching theme, despite the movie’s title, is that love is anything but “stupid” and in fact is very much worth fighting for.

Love is real.  Get on board for the #LoveRevolution.

Josh

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