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I know that I can go around and gloat or have a “pity party” on knowing that I can not live up to all of these expectations. We can even go around and complain to God about our situation. We can even find ourselves placing conditions or attaching strings to these conditions, “God if you hold up your end of the bargain, I’ll hold up mine.” Now why would we, wee mortals, try to place conditions upon a God whom is awesome, who created all that exists? Why then do we expect God to live up to our expectations? I have felt it, so have you. Our attitude, our thinking and even our living, reflects the very thoughts of placing conditions and attaching strings not just on one another, but also on how we love and worship God.
Our gifts, words, responses, and even our actions, usually come with strings attached. We usually respond to one another with “if you do this or act this way…things will be fine.” Is that good or healthy for relationships to act this way? Is it Christ like? Think about how we put conditions on our relationships with one another and even our relationship with God.
We are in the season of Easter, a wonderful time of the year to reflect on what God has given to us. Just read John 3:16-17 and say “THANK – YOU GOD!” Thank you that we are loved unconditionally with no strings attached. We need to become an example of how we are to treat one another, living out our baptism through faith! Encouraging and lifting one another up in that never-ending joy we have in Christ. Yet one has to ask, are we committing ourselves in this work to bring honor to Christ? Are we living out the Gospel of grace with no strings attached? Listen again at what scripture says; “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
All we can say is – WOW! Thank You God for giving us this gift, your Son, our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ with whom there are no strings attached to His grace and unconditional love.
~Why should we worship a God who doesn't care about me.
~Many are losing their jobs and will not be able to make ends meet.
~A family member, a friend is sick and dying, doesn't God hear our prayers?
~God should understand that we have a lot of family commitments that take up a lot of time on the weekends. My life is very busy for worship and time with God right now. When things calm down, I’ll get back to church.
~I’m too upset at the pastor or a church member to go to church.