For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son,
The Rock Haven
777, Maverick Drive
8th May 2013
Subject: Meeting Lady M (Episode I)
I wasn’t looking for love but I found you.
I can only imagine the look on Adam’s face when he first laid eyes on Eve. How his lips arched from cheek to cheek as he struggled to contain his obvious excitement. No doubt there would have be some form of resonance in his human spirit as he beheld the woman who was taken out from his side. Can you imagine? He is never regarded as saying that he loved her but we know that he recognized her.
First the rush of relief after periods of naming the animals, from the majestic mane of the lion to the slithering crawl of the boa constrictor, Adam would have sighed as waves of peace settle on him simply because he had found his bone. Immense, apt words to describe such a moment when the maiden first lays eyes on her man, when the prince holds his beloved and they walk beneath the canopy of endless sky and trees.
Well … I felt this when I saw you Lady M. From your droopy eyes that seemed to beckon to me, urging me in into her world, to her bright smile that arched from cheek to cheek. There was this rush of peace! I wasn’t out in the world searching for love, but I found you. It was a discovery that only could have happened by the perfect orchestration of Divine forces.
In this, I was in the same boat as Adam who knew then and there that the woman before him was taken out from within him. I too, knew that you, Lady M, were a perfect reflection of my internal structure – not my fallen, frail frame but from the sturdiness of my recreated spirit. You were taken from my rib, my bone – porcelain perfection, chiseled till excellence poured out from her.
Yours in Oceans of Love
What is repentance? Repentance is one of those words that means different things to different people. Those with a performance-oriented mindset typically interpret repentance as turning from sin. It’s something you do (turn) as a result of something you’ve done (sinned). It’s fixing what you broke. It’s atoning for your mistakes. It’s sewing fig leaves to hide your shame. WHAT ARE YOU RESPONDING TO? In contrast, faith-based repentance is always done in response to something God has done. It’s the change of heart and mind that happens when you encounter His grace. A mixed-grace gospel will define repentance in terms of a prescribed set of behaviors (e.g., turning from sin) and emotions (e.g., sorrow and grief). But insisting on the proper way to repent is tantamount to putting people under law. The fruit of repentance may take 101 different forms—don’t limit God—but repentance itself is simply a change of mind. It’s what the word literally means. In the words of
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