An Excerpt from “How Great a Love”

I’m going to share with you one of my favorite excerpts for my book. This comes in chapter 2, which is about dealing with worldly rejection. I use the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) as my Biblical illustration in the chapter. I hope you enjoy!

The first step in overcoming the rejection in our lives is to go to the one who accepts us unconditionally. If that’s not how you view God, then you need to adjust that image. We all need to stop seeing God as the one holding the stone and see him as the one who frees us from condemnation. You are not your sin, mistakes, shortcomings, or failures. You are not what the world says you are. You are God’s child—loved and accepted, just as you are. 

The founder of the United Methodist Church, John Wesley, penned what has come to be known as A Covenant Prayer. My favorite line in the prayer reads, in reference to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, “Thou art mine, and I am thine.”2 In modern English, it would go, “You are mine, and I am yours.” That is the relationship with God that we have been offered, not one that is built upon completing a holy to-do list. If we want to escape the crippling anxiety that rejection creates in our lives, then we must accept that we are God’s, and he is ours. We need to move from seeing ourselves as condemned to seeing ourselves as free. Whenever you are told that you are a sum of your worst moments, remember these words spoken by Martin Luther: 

So, when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know one who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where he is there I shall be also.”

Jesus came, died, and suffered condemnation on your behalf. He endured ultimate rejection so that you would have eternal acceptance. Now he sits on his heavenly throne, saying the words, “Neither do I condemn you.” There is no stone in his hand, only a hole. 

How Great a love. pp 17-18

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Published by smith1626

I am the Director of Youth Ministries at St. John United Methodist Church in Scott Depot, WV. Mostly, I am a sinner saved by amazing grace.

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