Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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I, too, loved last Saturday in Gary's living room. This is what I felt. You told us about a pastor's wife you heard speak once and say she let her children know she loved their father more than she loved them. Instead of that making them feel less loved, it made them feel more loved and protected.
You told us we needed to know you were going to love God no matter what we did. You were not going to change what God had given you.
You also talked again about God telling you to perfect your work. You said you knew He would have to perfect you to do that. I feel like I am part of your work. Every thing you get from God perfects you, then it comes through to me and the rest of us to perfect us.
I feel so safe and loved knowing you love God more than me. Knowing you are not going to change what God gives you.
I have seen your love for God and people to know it is your desire for us all to do well in God.
I just wanted to say thank you and I love you.
Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for reminding me of what I really said. Now I remember. You and all the saints over whom the Lord has made me a shepherd must know in your hearts that your shepherd loves God more than he loves you. If it is indeed true that a pastor loves God more than he loves his flock, he will always treat them right. He will speak the truth in love without respect of persons, and he will be faithful. For you to feel that I love God more than you will give you peace of mind about what my real intentions are and will relieve you about any anxious thoughts about the future. So, my job is to live so that, over time, you are convinced that I love God more than you. Me merely claiming to love Him more is worthless. You must be convinced of that within your own heart and mind by what you see from me. And if I accomplish that in your own hearts, I will have done well and added peace to your life.
I knew I never bragged that I was going on with God, no matter what you all did, but I couldn't remember what it was that I did say.