Jesus Is Relationship, not religion
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me - Watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
HisLovingKindness.com is a collection of original songs
of Belovedness and Spiritual Freedom in Christ~
Songs His Spirit gave me in Solitude with Him
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Because Your Lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise You. psalm 63:3
“I have loved you
with an Everlasting Love;
I have drawn you
with Unfailing Kindness.
Lyrics to Unrecorded Songs
John 3:8 "The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So is it with every one who has been born of the Spirit."
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I don't need to seek approval outside of me,
When Christ Lives Inside of Me!
Jesus is teaching me to Love myself. He wants me to Love myself with a Courageous Love, because it is the very Strength I need to keep myself from ever falling back into the trap of my past.
In my past, abuse and shaming that became tied to legalistic religion, caused me to believe I was bad and unworthy of Love. Religion only re-enforced the shame that was put on me as a child.
Religion has taught me that it is selfish, arrogant, and wrong to Love myself, because it believes all self is sinful. This is a deep shaming tactic that is used to keep people under religious control. If people loose their ability to love themselves in God's Love, then they can be more easily manipulated and molded within a religious framework.
That was my history with the controlling, oppressive, and abusive religious men in my family of origin. Through them and the legalistic mindset of the institution I let them recruit me into - religion soon became my greatest obstacle to trusting and knowing that God is Love.
Religion tried to keep me in false guilt. Guilt is all it knows. It cannot see us for Who We Truly Are, because it doesn't truly know Love. It took many intimate encounters with Jesus' Spirit coming to me to Help me Know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He is Perfect, Open Arms, Unconditional Love that sets us Free from the false power of religion.
Religion is a shadow of the truth. It is an ever darkening box that no one truly belongs in. Jesus got rid of the veil once and for all, but religion tries to put it back up. Jesus is the One who told me that I don't need to seek approval outside of me, when Christ Lives inside of me. I will never be fooled into giving them power again. In Christ's Confidence that is unthinkable. To do that is like Spiritual suicide - drowning out and belittling my True Self in Christ, just to fit into their box.
Jesus has always shown me that He wants me to Know my True Self and Love my True Self as He Knows and Loves Me. Our True Selves are Of His Eternal Light and Love. He wants us to Love Our Selves as He Loves Us so that we never abandon the Child of God that we are, ever again.
I will never give up my soul to the religious institution of legalistic"Christianity" ever again, or to anything else for that matter. My soul is too Precious. I choose with all Consciousness to Stay Eternally Free and Safe in Jesus' Eternal Love and Spirit. I entrust Him with my soul. He makes His Spiritual Home in me, and He guides me forward more and more into Being at Home in God's Spirit.
Christ made us free. Stay that way. Do not get chained all over again in the Law and its kind of religious worship.
Galatians 5:1 New Life Version
Forgiveness never means forcing yourself to trust untrustworthy people and situations, by entering back into "relationship" on their terms - thinking that it's your love that will finally make them trustworthy.
That kind of "forgiveness" will pull you right back into the trap of co-dependency - hopelessly hoping that what you have to give will be received - letting their lack of reception wear you down until you once again, forget to love yourself as Christ Loves you.
Don't take their lack of love onto yourself and make it personal. Nothing good can come from it. It can only tempt you to forget your fullness in Christ and deceive you back into thinking that you need their approval.
No, in these types of situations, forgiveness means mourning their painful lack of love, so that in Loves strength, you can let them go - to move forward in the peace and clarity of God’s Higher Love, leaving only blessing behind.
Only God's Spirit can be the One to truly transform their hearts. When this is the way that God calls you to forgive, its probably because it's not between you and them anyways - it's between them and God.
More thoughts on the subject of Relationship vs. religion
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Mark 8:36
One of the ways that a soul can become compromised is through seeking approval and belonging in the world of legalistic religion. Trying to gain a sense of belonging there is costly, and means swapping your soul's free choice for guilt laden duty and performance - putting on a "good" outer image to meet the religious standards that are expected. The fear of not being good enough or fitting in, can rob the soul of all peace and confidence. This is a very lonely place, even though the room is filled with people.
BUT, Knowing Who Jesus Truly Is, listening only to His Voice, and Resting in His Spirit means that I am truly never alone... and that means that I don't need to fit in - to any world. His Unworldly Spirit is the Validation and Confidence my soul needs, seeks and now has - Already and Always Given to me deep Within my heart, where it never can be taken away .
We never have to perform for Jesus to receive His Eternal Love and Acceptance. It is Unconditionally Given. He calls us in such gentle whispers that only our souls can hear, but the world cannot.
When we come away with Him, and leave the world behind to truly seek God' Spirit, we come to deeply remember that God is Love, and that we are Of His Love and Of His Spirit. This is where we Belong. We recognize Jesus' Unconditional Love, Freedom, Peace, Completeness, and Simplicity as the Timeless Treasures our souls have always been searching for, but also have always Known, deep down Inside.
When we Know Who Jesus Truly Is, nothing can keep us from Coming to Him and Being in His Love - not even man's religiosity about Jesus. It may be about Him, but it is not of Him. Religion complicates, manipulates and obscures the essential, core message of Christ's Unconditional Love - And how it is the very Key to completely freeing our souls from the crushing conditions of this world - many of which are religious conditions.
“What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.”
Leave them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit”
Religion is man's attempt to understand, and proclaim God's truth and order, without Knowing God's Spirit of Love - imposing their conditions for "right standing" with God upon people. Religion uses guilt inducing tactics to force "quick fix" external results - creating a Pharisaical culture, (motivated by duty, obligation and appearance) in which only the religiously fit seem to survive. I don't want that loveless world of survival of the fittest. I want Christ's Reality of Eternal Love where the last will be first, and Belovedness is the motivation.
When we Come Away to Rest in His Unconditional Love, the heavy weight of religious and worldly perfectionism begins to fall away and we are restored to the child-like confidence of knowing that we are worthy of Being Loved just as we are, because He Loves us, and because we are His Children. Knowing that we are Loved releases us, so that we can Freely Breathe In God's Spirit. He truly takes us on an inner journey that transforms our hearts and minds. And we come to Know the Heart and Mind of God more and more, because The Spirit is living and working inside of us. Religion fails to bring about what Relationship so effortlessly reveals. Who can desire religion, when they have Christ's Love!
When your heart and mind are quiet,
you can hear Me inviting you to draw near.
Coming close to Me requires no great effort on your part;
it is more like ceasing to resist the magnetic pull of My Love.
Open yourself to My loving Presence, so that I may fill you with My fullness.
I want you to experience how wide and long and high and deep is My Love for you,
so that you can know My Love that surpasses knowledge.
This vast ocean of Love cannot be measured or explained,
but it can be experienced.
"Jesus Calling" Sarah Young (Revelation 22:17; John 6:37; Ephesians 3:16-19)
Abiding takes care of obeying.
Contemplating and internalizing Christ's Grace and Unconditional Love fulfills the Law.
And fulfillment in Love, takes care of sacrifice.
If we try to obey outside of Abiding - it's forced. If we try to follow the Law outside of Grace and Love - it's forced.
And if we try to sacrifice anything outside of Living in Love - it is forced.
When something is forced, it cannot be authentic.
Then the person who is living under this religious belief of force, blindly projects that belief onto God and others - building up more and more, the false belief that God is a god of force.
God is Love, and Perfect Love casts out fear.
Being in God's Reality of Eternal Love is always a choice. God wants us to choose His offer of Freedom, only out of our own free will. Those who believe in force, don't truly realize (relationally) that God has given them a free will for conscious seeking and choosing. The way of force is the world's way, not Christ's way. Jesus is Love, and He gives us a bridge so that we can learn to trust His Love, more and more. The more we let His Love in, the more Perfect Love can cast out our fear. And the more Perfect Love casts out fear, the more we Want to let His Love in. He doesn't want us to be like little religious robots. He wants us to realize Within Our Hearts, the immeasurable magnitude of His Love for us, and how completely He gives Himself to us, so that we can gladly choose to Be in His Way of Complete Love.
You are the journey's Bridge and You are the journey's End. There is nothing to fear when I am with You. You show me Paradise here Within. You show me Paradise that Is, and Is to Come. Pure Radiance that shines on all things; no shadow can remain. So- You gave Yourself to me as a Bridge, to help me learn to see through Your Eyes; to help me release all my shadows through Perfect Love's unforced rhythms of grace. I am glad now, to hold onto nothing but You. And join, even here, the angel's song - singing of Perfect Love in Your Presence ~ Inside and Out, Now and Eternally...We Are One. You in me, and I in You.
When we come away to Rest in Jesus' Unconditional Love, whether it's to mourn, confess, escape, or just be still - we are given comfort and clarity and true strength in the openness of our weakness. With even the smallest of steps through God Spirit, we come to find a heavenly joy as we (even agonizingly) let go and empty our souls of the pain we have come to know in this world. He gives us His comforting Presence and fills us with a New Ground Within (Christ's Temple), so that we can come to completely let go of all our past layers of deception. He helps us realize the truth, through the Holy Spirit's Eyes of Eternal Love and Wisdom, so that in True Strength and Forgiveness, we can learn to unequivocally say no to the lie.
He always loved us, just as we are, but He also loves us too much to leave us there, trapped in a lie, hurting our souls. With divine patience and gentle miracles placed within our souls, He beautifully simplifies and restores us to who we truly are in God. And we come to Know and Trust God's Face of Love just like a little child does. Here -Within, we Know that we are Known and Recognized as the Beloved Child of God that We Truly Are! In Christ's Completeness Given to us - we are made Complete.
Matthew 10:16 So be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves.