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Sovereignty Motivates Courage

There is not a hint of passivity in the three main characters [in the book of Ruth]. God’s sovereignly doesn’t freeze them; it gives them the courage to be daring.

Paul Miller

A Loving Life (124)

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To Love is to Lament

There is no such thing as a lament-free life. In fact, if your life is lament-free, you aren’t loving well. To love is to lament, to let your heart be broken by something. If you don’t lament over the broken things in your world, then your heart shuts down. Your living, vital relationship with God dies a slow death because you open the door to unseen doubt and become quietly cynical. Cynicism moves you away from God; laments push you into His presence. So, oddly enough, not lamenting leads to unbelief. Reality wins, and hope dies.

Paul Miller

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It’s tough to love people when they constantly come into your space, demanding your attention. But if we are always in control, deciding whom and when we will love, then we risk having a weak imitation of love. If we aren’t open to our schedule being interrupted or our bank account being tapped, then we might be fooling ourselves as to our own goodness. Love gives.

Paul Miller (Love Walked Among Us)
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Judging is knee-jerk, quick, and bereft of thought, while compassion is slow and thought-filled. By slowing down so that I could feel compassion, I was closer to [my daughter and wife]. If I’d speeded up and judged, I would have been distant from them. Judging separates and, thus, destroys community; compassion unites and creates community.

Paul Miller (Love Walked Among Us)