God’s love has sharp edges

Posted by Scott Lowther on

Romans 8:5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”

Dear CBC family,

Question: How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? Answer: Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack. Perhaps that isn’t the answer you were expecting. However, the answer is 100% accurate but we took the question a completely different way than I was intending. This happens often in life without many consequences but if it happens in the Bible it is dangerous.

Often times what we were “expecting” blinds us to reality which will leave us confused and scared. The reason I asked the question at the beginning is to illustrate the principle because this week we will continue in Romans 8 and Paul will ask questions and make statements and the natural man will try to put an answer where it doesn’t belong. The goal of the flesh is to explain truth away so we do not have to deal with it. For example, the Bible says “God disciplines those He loves” Hebrews 12:6. Many will see that and interpret it as if you mess up God will spank you but that is not what the text is saying. What you need to see is that God disciplines ALL his children and that discipline is not just “corrective” but ALSO “preventative”. God disciplines when we act poorly and he also disciplines us to prevent us from acting that way. The important part to know is discipline is not always a consequence of stumbling but also a means to add stability.

God works, acts and thinks in ways that are very different from ours. We would be left with zero understanding of his mind if he did not reveal some aspects of himself in the bible. One thing that I often default to when life is difficult is the saying “God’s love has sharp edges and those edges leave scars.” It’s a little phrase I use to remind myself that pain, tribulation, loss and hardship are not in spite of his love but because of it. If you don’t see that think about the opening question. Perhaps all we need is a different perspective.

This weekend we will look at Romans 8:5 in a sermon I simply called “Set.” I see the sermon as God pouring some concrete and we have to get some things “straight” before it sets. This will be a tremendous time in his word. I found it a game changer in my own life. I pray you can join us.

As of right now (Thursday 8:00am) there have been no new mandates so we are planning on meeting inside Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM. Remember that could change so check the website. If it doesn’t say we are NOT meeting then we are still on. We are taking this one week at a time.

Sunday is the last day to vote on the changes to the by-laws. So far we have all yes votes except one. If that remains the trend then this will go into effect on Monday and I will email you all with the next steps.

The move to the church is almost complete. We still have a lot of things to put away and sort through. We may have some more give away items so if you have a need for anything give us a call and maybe we have an extra one or two things.

Please take note of the new mailing address. If you mail in your giving or use online bill pay please correct the address to 9800 Carroll Centre Road San Diego, CA 92126. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate the support in these difficult days.

Lastly, Rod Anderson is having a time of prayer on Friday night at the church at 7:00. If you want to come and pray then please join us. If you have a request email it to me and I’ll forward them to Rod.

Together we are strong.

Blessings to you family,

Pastor Scott