Friday, August 12, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Thirty-Fourth Lesson

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Lesson Number Thirty-Four: God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

Correct me if I'm wrong but most children born before the nineties are afraid of the God who punishes. These are the children who are disciplined out of control. We could not blame the parents of these children because they are raised by their parents in this way too. I happened to be one of these children, but as much as possible, now that I am a parent, I do not intend to leave this kind of legacy to my children. 

The easiest way to control a child is to instill fear in his mind. Are you one raised this way? Shake that off now because that is so untrue. While God is the highest power, it is easier to picture Him as a God who hates evil doing. Thus, children grow with fear of God in their hearts. They love God not because He is a lovable God, but because He is a God who punishes those who do not love Him. Even until now there are people who still use this kind of theology to others and to children most especially. Thereby creating fearful followers of God instead of being loving people.

For those who want liberation; for those who want to hear the GOOD NEWS; for those who want to love unconditionally --  GOD is a loving God. He could not unlove because to love is his nature. God is a loving power. The more we come nearer to Him, the more we feel closer to Him, the more we realize His loving power, the more we become more like Him. 

It is not what we do that makes God, God. it is not what we did not do that makes God, God. GOD IS. Period. Therefore let us stop feeling guilty for crucifying Him on the cross. Let us stop feeling guilty for not being as perfect as God. We are just humans. Yet, God loves us no matter what or who we are. By believing this, we are saved from the hell of negative thoughts and wayward beliefs. By living this way, we are bringing heaven on earth. By realizing this, we are making God alive in our lives and those around us.

This is my belief. What is yours?

Get happy! 

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