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The Freedom of Choice by orchardblog
September 7, 2005, 5:09 pm
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Think about this. What is one of the greatest treasures we have acquired from God? The answer: a heart. Think about that for a moment. God has indelibly placed the capacity inside of humanity to do all sorts of things with this heart: live life, love, laugh, cry, and much more.

What is astounding about this, is that God has given us the ability, with this heart, to actually reject Him. Wow! He gives each one of us the freedom of choice, a will.

Think about that for a moment. God didn’t want us to be robotic. He wanted us to be free to choose in life. The freedom to love in life.

Philip Yancey describes the “choice” we’ve been given by saying this:

Power can do everything but the most important thing: it cannot control love…In a concentration camp, the guards possess almost unlimited power. By applying force, they can make you renounce your God, curse your family; work without pay, eat human excrement, kill and then bury your closest friend or even your own mother. All this is within their power. Only one thing is not: they cannot force you to love them. This fact may help explain why God sometimes seems shy to use his power. He created us to love him, but his most impressive displays of miracles — the kind we may secretly long for — do nothing to foster that love. As Douglas John Hall has put it, “God’s problem is not that God is not able to do certain things. God’s problem is that God loves. Love complicates the life of God as it complicates every life.”

Wow, that is powerful! Each one of us has been given a heart that has the capacity to reject or love.

So, how about you? What choices are you making in your heart?


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