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God’s love has the power to change lives. Christians, then, should exhibit the greatest transformation of all because, rightly understood and cherished, God’s love makes them increasingly more like the One who has lavished his love on them.
So why do we so often struggle to exhibit God’s love? Biblical counselor Elyse M. Fitzpatrick asks one simple question: “In your pursuit of godliness, have you left Jesus behind?” We need to be rescued from our “identity amnesia” and pointed to our true identity as God’s beloved children—adopted by the Father, united with the Son, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Fitzpatrick shows how a genuine transformation of identity leads to a transformation of our daily lives. Those who struggle with either legalism or lawlessness will find encouragement to return to God’s love, the source of authentic and lasting change. Study questions and invitations to further discovery conclude each chapter.
I thank God that he used this book to draw me back to Himself. I ‘hadn’t felt his absence because [I was] so preoccupied with living for him’. (p18). I was ‘hiding in the shadows, focusing on performance, fearing his wrath’ (p24). Fitzpatrick reminds us ‘The purpose of our life is to reveal to others how wonderful [Jesus] is and to glorify and enjoy him eternally’ (p56). This means that we don’t have to prove ourselves or impress others and we certainly do not have to appease God with our efforts. Jesus’ blood has already done this. I would heartily recommend this encouraging and challenging read to anyone who suffers from ‘performancism’.
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