100 Words – Third Sunday of Lent: “That’s impossible”

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That’s Impossible

By Peter Oliver, Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry

Making a whip out of cords,  he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  He told those who were selling the doves,
“Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” – John 2:15-16

“If you don’t, then…”

That’s the mentality of money changers.

If you don’t __________________, then God won’t love you.

Lots of words fill the empty blank. If you don’t behave, say your prayers, stay married, reject racism, love your neighbour, then God won’t love you.

Jesus rejects this mentality.  God’s love is unconditional: no conditions!

That’s impossible for us to believe.

Only Jesus’ death and resurrection have the power to overturn our, “If you don’t, then…”, mentality. That’s how ridiculously difficult it is to understand God’s love.

So “self”, let’s go over it again.  You can’t buy God’s love!


[This is a weekly blog re-published from www.olivebranchministry.ca with permission from author Peter Oliver. Each post is exactly 100 words.]

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