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If you remember nothing else, remember this: The Gospel is for sinners and saints. It’s for the thief on the cross and the widow praying at the temple. It’s for those who have had abortions and those who are in the pews on Sunday. It’s for the liars, the losers, the lame, and the lost. It’s for those who cuss and those who have tattoos and drink whiskey. It’s for the addict. It’s for the girl who sings in the choir. It’s for the person struggling with their sexuality. It’s for the student who stays up late every night studying. It’s for the families who are broken and for the couples who are crazy in love. It’s for prostitutes and Pharisees. It’s for the hypocrites who say they love Christ, but they don’t know a thing about what it means to love Him at all. It’s for those who hear about Jesus every day and those who could care less. It’s for those who are passionately devoted to God and for those who have given up. The Gospel is for me, but I also want to tell you that it is for you. This list is by no means exhaustive because the Gospel is for everyone. It’s for every tribe, every tongue, and every nation. It’s for the world because God wants every single human being to know how greatly and enormously they are loved.

From “Christianity is much too Exclusive… Isn’t it?

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The Power of Words

"The space between our mouths and the words we say and the ears of those that receive them is holy ground… So much can happen in that space." — Fred Rogers

When I was growing up, I was hurt by so many words. We all understand what that’s like, I’m sure. There were people that hurt me that had no idea that their words had deep, scarring effects. At a young age, I realized my words could be used as weapons. If others were going to arm themselves against me, I could do the same.

I hurt a lot of people with my words. I scarred many of them very deeply and left an impression on them that cannot be reversed. Although I have learned to watch my words much more carefully now, most people I grew up with still remember me by those hurtful things that I have done. It will be difficult to reverse the damage that I did just with tiny, little words. God changed my heart and changed my speech dramatically, and now only He can heal those wounds I inflicted on them and change their opinions of me. All because of words! I still make many mistakes today, I am certainly not perfect in this area, but now I know the weight that the things I say may carry.

I think we tend to treat words like they don’t matter because there is such an emphasis on the importance of action. "Actions speak louder than words!" That is so true, but that doesn’t mean that our speech does not matter. Words are like tools. We have to actually turn on the tools and put them into use to get any kind of worth out of them, but the tool itself is still powerful.

Language can destroy nations by building moving speeches, powerful armies, and hateful bigotry. It can tear down someone’s life. But, just as tools can be used to take things apart, they can also be used to build. We can strengthen each other in encouragement and love with our speech.

If words are weapons, let us turn them against the real enemies of this world. Let us speak out fervently against injustice. Let us not be silent in the midst of lies, but dispel them with the powerful words of truth. Let us worship, not just in a church on Sunday, but every day in every place. Let us admit our faults and display them openly and honestly because they only make the love of God that much more amazing. Let us boldly proclaim the beautiful, radical, life-changing Gospel and not be ashamed.

If Rogers is right, and the space between our mouths and others’ ears is truly “holy ground,” then let us celebrate and rejoice in that holy ground with our God. We must carefully think of what words we would bring into His presence.

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Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
C.S. Lewis (via comeupfromthewilderness)

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