72. No Guilt Trips; God’s on a Gift Trip

Christians often overlook something really important: God isn’t into guilt trips; He’s on a gift trip. Everything we need has already been provided in Christ. Picture God’s outstretched hand, all His abundance there for the taking by anyone who will simply seek Him.

We can have all we want of God, but He will never force anything on us. God doesn’t brow-beat or coerce His children. The gift itself should provide more than sufficient motivation to seek greater intimacy with God. So resorting to the use of guilt to compel us to take advantage of such abundance seems a bit ridiculous.

It’s true that we are obligated to build relationship with God. But a sincere pursuit of God should stem from the fact that we are assured of His promises, not through the incentive of guilt, pressure or greed. God isn’t into guilt trips; He’s on a gift trip.

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