"Jesus is the author and the finisher. He doesn’t just get you started; he completes what he began. This is why old Christians need the gospel just as much as young sinners. Grace is for everyone. Grace saves you at the beginning and it keeps you through to the end."
Paul Ellis, The Gospel in Ten Words (via godsradicaldaughter)
God’s Power in your Weakness
by Rick Warren
Our weaknesses increase our capacity for sympathy and ministry. We are far more likely to be compassionate and considerate of the weaknesses of others. God wants you to have a Christlike ministry on earth. That means other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts. The things your most embarrassed about, most ashamed of, and most reluctant to share are the very tools God can use most powerfully to heal others.
The great missionary Hudson Taylor said, “All God’s giants were weak people.” Moses’ weakness was his temper. It caused him to murder an Eqyptian, strike the rock he was supposed to speak to, and break the tablets of the Ten Commandments. Yet God transformed Moses into “the humblest man on earth.”
Gideon’s weakness was low self esteem and deep insecurities, but God transformed him into a “mighty man of valor.” Abraham’s weakness was fear. Not once, but twice, he claimed his wife was his sister to protect him. But God transformed Abraham into the “father of those who have faith.” Impulsive, weak willed Peter, became “a rock,” the adulterer David became “a man after my own heart”, and John, one of the arrogant “Sons of Thunder,” became the “Apostle of Love.”
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David’s faith-based optimism
Jonathan’s capacity to love
Jeremiah’s emotional authenticity
Nehemiah’s commitment to celebration