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The Stuff of Grace
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luvin
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Posted: Jul-11-10 at 12:46pm | IP Logged  

This is a wonderful example below of the love put within us by God. I was reading this morning and was led to make a few living connections I wanted to put out there. Now I don't think it matters that I am not wrestling with the exact subject matter that I see in this letter response from Jim but, the true lesson is the same.[despite any example outwardly]

JIM said:

Hello my sis,

Raising children brings a whole new meaning to the broken heart. The pain in watching my three daughters struggling with their own confusion is a hurt that will not be forgotten.

The worst thing to do is to pretend. And also realize that grace does not teach us that we are supposed to be accepting of perverse behavior, but that this is what we have been delivered out of. In Christ, ALL OF IT has been condemned EQUALLY. Christ's death and resurrection did not make it OK, He put it to death and has raised US to new life.

Consider, your daughter already KNOWS that you do not approve of lesbianism. Regardless how she came across to you it was probably very difficult for her to finally "come out". Don't be afraid to let her know how you feel and what you are going through because of this. She will either pick up on it from what you DON'T say and/or in watching your reactions ... or you can talk to her like a real person.

She knows you better than you can even imagine, but I would think that she has been hung up on viewing mom "after the flesh" just as we viewed Christ after the flesh. For her to know that you are broken-hearted over this choice of hers, but that you really do love HER is a treasure of grace that cannot help but impact her in ways that you or I could not even imagine.

If she comes over to your house with her friend it would be more honest to be right up front with your daughter and ask that they restrain themselves while staying over than to pretend not to notice only to let it all build up and keep any real communication from happening. Remember, they really do know.

We have been freed in Christ to truly be alive. That includes the experiencing of the broken-heart, for it is a gift of God to us as through the pain we experience the suffering of Jesus himself.
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The living response Jim is involved in giving to this woman asking for advise is what just encourages me in Him so much. First off, those who are close to us[like in families] DO know us very, very well[probably better than we know ourselves in that light]...that is ...according to the flesh. The crazy thing about that is that when they who know you according to the flesh so well see a true and sincere love coming from within you, they may or may not respond to that love.]from God] Then again it is a strong testimony to the glory[the nature within us] of the Lord at the same time!


on another note..:


"..That includes the experiencing of the broken-heart, for it is a gift of God to us as through the pain we experience the suffering of Jesus himself."-Jim Back to Top

You know I don't want to sound as if I do not think it worthwhile to consider that there are not other understandings out there about this "suffering" but, I see this now, today as something that we simply DO always experience in EVERY hardship of all kinds. In fact though I realize Peter spoke of suffering as a "sinner" vs. suffering according to the "will of God", I now see this as a suffering that impossible to be anything other than Christs sufferings. What happens to us, happens to Him for HE is our life. Not in theory but according to our REAL life that has been hidden by religious worldly assumptions and dead thinking. Then again suffering according to our former life WAS indeed lifeless. Now though, according to our true life, when we suffer, it is the very suffering oif Him..He in you. We are united to Him.


      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

http:newthatsliving.blogspot.com
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luvin
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Posted: Jul-11-10 at 12:49pm | IP Logged  

I almost wonder if the "gift" of suffering is a TRUE gift only given to those who suffer WITH Christ according to life!? We actually GET to experience the suffering of the SON OF GOD..what a privilege to suffer with the King that we love so much inside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

what a miracle..I mean.... man.[big breath]


      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

http:newthatsliving.blogspot.com
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the shovel
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Posted: Jul-12-10 at 3:08am | IP Logged  

Everything takes on a whole new meaning in Christ, doesn't it? :)

      

DIGGIN'THE LIFE!
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mary
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Posted: Jul-12-10 at 10:13am | IP Logged  

You know, I 'bared' a little more than I had wanted to personally on the 'open' forum.  I hope it's okay that I deleted it.
     


Edited by mary on Jul-12-10 at 11:05am


      

Mary
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