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Is It Really So Bad?

September 14, 2016

“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.

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