The Gospel announces God’s love, not “me to me” love

The Gospel (Good News) isn’t that you can love yourself. It’s that God so loved you that He gave His only Son . . .”

Me to me love,
From me to me,
Stays stuck in me.
Lord, help me see
And love both
My neighbor and
My enemy.

Self-love doesn’t go beyond me to anyone else. To love one another we need to embrace neighbor-love.

I continually sense a tender wooing to enter deeper into spontaneous, unforced, and unprogrammed heart-to-heart interaction with the living Jesus. I think guilt, rebellion, and pride are the biggest blockers of our awareness of God’s love for us. Those are overcome by embracing humility, confession, repentance, and the direct, ongoing, and glorious revelation that we are being personally and deeply loved and transformed by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and invited to enter more fully into their intimacy.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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