This is the essence of the gospel. Christ has loved me in spite of my stubbornness and he has been wounded in the process. His wounds were not an obstacle to my healing, causing him to give up on me—his wounds made my healing possible. Christ-like love, cruciform love, is love that embraces wounded people with the full awareness that I will be wounded in the process. The wounds they inflict upon me will be the very means by which their own wounds will be healed. This is the way of Jesus.
I have the privilege of being on the writing team for Missio Alliance. Each month we are given a theme to write on and this month’s theme was Gender: Being Missional & The Reign of God. I decided to write a personal account of the process of changing my mind on this topic. This post appeared earlier this week as two parts, which you can read here…
These posts are not so much about the specifics of why I changed my mind on particular passages in the New Testament, as there have been plenty of blog posts, articles, and books on the subject. These posts have more to do with the difficulties we face in changing from one theological position to another. I’m certain that not all of you will agree with me on this, and some of you will be disappointed, but my aim is not to convince or seek approval. My aim in writing these posts was simply a willingness to keep pressing for unity in the body of Christ even when there is a personal cost to us.
May we continue to express grace to one another in the love of Christ Jesus.
Here is an excerpt…
What sort of emotions do you experience when you think about the future? Excitement? Fear? Joy? Anxiety?
The New Testament doesn’t tell us everything we want to know about the future, but it certainly tells us the one thing we need to know more than anything else.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)
This passage tells us that nothing, NOTHING, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Consider this in relation to the hazy unknown that we call “the future.”