We recently completed a sermon series focused on growing in Christ. We considered many aspects of what is called "sanctification", the process by which we become more like Jesus in our daily lives: active faith, obedience, responding to God's Word, bringing our whole selves to God - we focused on each of these. We also were reminded that the crucial foundation from which we live our lives is the reality that we are God's loved children through faith in Jesus. We don't earn that love, gain that love, or have to work to keep that love. It is God's grace driven love, extended to us freely and without reservation.
We ended this series with these powerful questions from Brennan Manning:
"Do you believe that the God of Jesus loves you beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity -- that He loves you in the morning sun and in the evening rain -- that He loves you when your intellect denies it, your emotions refuse it, your whole being rejects it? Do you believe that God loves without condition or reservation and loves you this moment as you are and not as you should be?"