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The Effect Of True Repentance

“Recovering the old sense of sin enables true repentance. The effect of true repentance is not stronger determination to never sin but rather to eagerly anticipate more joy in resisting temptation. Living life on the narrow road is becoming more appealing; I find myself gratefully receiving as a gift the opportunity to love well and resist sin.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 174

Questions for Reflection:
• Do you tend to think of repentance as something that leaves a haunting regret over failure and a pressure to do better or as a deepening sense of gratitude for God’s grace at work to cleanse you and free you to love better?
• How does your experience of temptation change when you view resisting sin as an opportunity to love well?

Why Can What I Know To Be Wrong Feel So Right?

“Sexual addiction, compulsive under- and overeating, self-protection against further rejection, grudge-holding that seems justified: Why can what I know to be wrong feel so right? The answer? I long to feel what I was created to feel more than I want to be who I was created to be. Feelings then trump truth as the motivation for the choices I make.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 175

Questions for Reflection:
• Think of a time today when feeling what you were created to feel was more important to you than being the person you are created to be.
• What was the cost of sacrificing truth to immediately experience a desired feeling?
• What companionship with Christ is available to you when you are feeling the weight of all that remains unresolved in your life?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to give you hope about the kind of person God is creating you to be as you yield to Him.

Is It Really So Bad?

“Relational sin presents itself to the offender as less heinous and more easily excused than behavioral sin such as adultery or violence. Don’t all of us guard ourselves at times and find more happiness in hurting less by protecting ourselves more? Maybe that kind of relating distorts the true meaning of love, but it seems necessary to our well-being. Is it really so bad? The answer is yes.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Pages 80-81

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways do you rationalize protecting yourself at the expense of someone else’s wellbeing?
• What’s the long-term cost to your relationships with God and others when you do this?
• As the Holy Spirit asks you to follow Jesus into a selfless love, what freedom and transformation is He offering in the process?
• Take some time to ask the Lord for a vision of the kind of person you could become and of the eternal joy that He longs for you to experience as you entrust your wellbeing to Him and love more like He does.

Tension In A Christian’s Soul

“There are two opposing stories, each one being told in the life of every Christian. The clash of the two stories is the narrow road, creating tension in a Christian’s soul that uncovers our core desire to tell the story of Jesus.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 69

Questions for Reflection:
• As you think about what it means to be a follower of Christ, do you live with an awareness that an ongoing battle within your own heart will remain until heaven?
• How does the opportunity to tell the story of Jesus with your life impact your perspective regarding that battle?

I Am Removing The Scales From Your Eyes

“When the lights go out, when suffering brings despair, emptiness, futility, and misery, trust Me. I am removing the scales from your eyes so that you will soon see My light. The morning star is visible when the darkness is deepest. And when you see Him, you will see Me and discover yourself. My Son is coming.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 88

Questions for Reflection:
• When life seems darkest, what questions do you struggle with the most?
• How do you typically respond to those questions being stirred up?
• What opportunities to wrestle with God and to be drawn into a deeper trust are being offered in those dark times?
• In what ways is your experience of suffering impacted by the knowledge that Jesus is coming?

Interview: A Different Kind of Happiness

Listen to a new interview with Larry Crabb. Dr. Crabb interacted with Chris Brooks on Equipped (Moody Radio) August 25, 2016.

Everywhere we look, we see evidence that love is in short supply. Troubled marriages, online sniping and character assassination all point to the fact that we do not know how to love one another. Too often, our own interests, comfort, and happiness come first. Noted psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb will teach us to love when we don’t feel like it and find a love worth fighting for!

Listen to the interview online.

Even In Your Darkest Night

“It was in the darkness of unexplained suffering that Job learned he was not the prosecuting attorney nor I the defendant. My message to him is My message to you: I remain all-powerful and all-good in your darkest night. Trust Me. You don’t know enough not to.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 88

Questions for Reflection:
• Is there some area of your life that you feel God should be handling differently?
• Have you brought your struggle about what He’s doing to Him directly?
• Do you most desire an explanation from Him or a renewed vision of Him?