Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's Not About Feeling Good

"God's grace is not given to make us feel better, but to glorify Him. Modern society's subtle, underlying agenda is good feelings. We want the pain to go away. We want to feel better in difficult situations, but God wants us to glorify Him in those circumstances. Good feelings may come, or they may not, but that is not the issue. The issue is whether or not we honor God by the way we respond to our circumstances. God's grace--that is, the enabling power of the Holy Spirit--is given to help us respond in such a way."

- Jerry Bridges, Transforming Grace (Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love), ch.10, pg. 144-145

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