Wednesday, October 9, 2013

One Way Love and a Give-Away

Tchividjian writes that "One way love has the unique power to inspire generosity, kindness, loyalty, and more love, precisely because it removes any and all requirement to change or produce." He shows through many examples from his personal life and shares stories from others and the Bible about how grace is how to overcome and it's not the "law". One thing that really stood out to me and I so refreshing to live by this is that Christianity is not "do something for Jesus". it is that "Jesus has done everything for you." Maybe you are a recovering perfectionist (yes that be me) or someone who feels like they have to do certain things for the Lord to love you, this book will help you break from that thought process. It's Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Here are a few things from the book I will share, though there was a lot I would love to share but I recommend getting the book and reading it.

"Everything in our world demands two-way love." God's love is one way love. He doesn't require that we do anything in exchange for His love and that is what real grace is.

A moment of grace can change a person in a way that a lifetime of punishment never could.
"If the Law is the first word, Grace is the last. The Law diagnoses, but Grace delivers. The Law accuses, Grace acquits. The Law condemns the best of us, while Grace saves the worst of us. The Law says "cursed, Grace says "blessed." The Law says "slave, Grace says "son. The Law says "guilty, Grace says "forgiven. The Law can break a hard heart, but only Grace can heal one." Tchividjian used the story of Jean Valjean from Les Miserables to explain this. If you haven't see that play/movie well that is a must.

The world we live in tells us we are not nothing if we don't have this or we don't have that or we are not successful, or haven't accomplished this or that. Near the end of the book this sums it up perfectly. "If you're a Christian, here's the good news: Who you really are has nothing to do with you-how much you can accomplish, who you can become, your behavior (good or bad), your strengths, your weakness, your sordid past, your family background, your education, your looks, and so on. Your identity is firmly anchored in Christ's accomplishment, not yours: His strength, not yours; His performance, not yours; His victory, not yours. Your identity is steadfastly established in His substitution, not your sin."

About One Way Love
Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief.
Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our world needs a fresh encounter with grace.
One Way Love
Written by: Tullian Tchividjian
Publisher: David C Cook
Paperback:  240 pages 
Release Date: October 1, 2013

About the Author
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. A Florida native, Tullian is the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham. He is a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership JournalHe is an ordained minister in Presbyterian Church of America. He is the author of six books; including the best seller, Jesus + Nothing = Everything  that won Christianity Today’s 2011 book of the year. He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the U.S. (Photo Credit Mike Meyer).
"Tullian captures the wonder of grace and offers it to us all.  I urge you to read this book" - Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author

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