Wednesday, May 10, 2006
#21: Love Beyond Reason
If anyone reading this post has spent any time with me in the year 2006 you know this year I am not only trying to read 100 books but I am also trying to always be ready for a hug. 2006 is the year of the hug in my world. If you haven't heard about/experienced my hugging this year then you really need to hang out with me or give me a hug the next time you see me. Anyway, you're probably wondering why I'm writing about hugs in a post about a book that is clearly not a book about hugging. As ridiculous as this may sound...Love Beyond Reason by John Ortberg was like getting a big hug from God. I will admit that I hugged the book at least once (maybe more, but I'm not willing to admit that). The subtitle of the book is "Moving God's love from your head to your heart," and in a very graceful and touching way John Ortberg writes about God's love for us and ways we can love others right from the core of our hearts. My favorite chapter was called "Safe in God's Love." Just the name of the chapter is peaceful and comforting. I really enjoyed the fact that this book went along well with scripture I have been reading lately. If you get a chance read Romans 8 and Isaiah 43. It's hard to walk away from those and not sense God's deep love for you. I pray that you can enjoy God's hug today!
Isaiah 43:13, "From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done."
Romans 8: 38-39, "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."