Blessings: Not NO…Yes LOVE

by tinareale on August 19, 2012

God is LOVE

Have you ever heard the word “NO!” and immediately wanted to go on the defensive? I know I have! Or have you ever had something you wanted so badly not come to pass, to realize it was for the best that it didn’t? I know I have there, too. Sometimes “no” sounds so harsh…and for the longest time I had no desire for “religion” and all it’s hypocritical rules.

Thou shalt not. Though shalt not. Thou shalt not. Blah blah blah blah blah!! I’ll tell you a “NO!”. No thank you to all of that! << I certainly had a heart like that at one time.

Then, I learned. God isn’t about “No”. He isn’t about “rules” (aka commandments). He isn’t even about "religion”. God is about LOVE. About FAITH. About HOPE.

God is a God who simply wants the best for each of us. Because he loves us so dearly. When you grasp that, all the other stuff takes on a new light…a one you want to embrace, knowing it’s in love.

Just as a parent sometimes has to say “no” to a child out of love and wanting what is best for that child, so God does with us at times. It’s always ALL about the LOVE. You can’t separate God from love. They are one in the same. God is a God of love. Don’t ever doubt that for a moment.


1 Coco August 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

Great message, Tina! Being a parent really helped me understand so much about God. From things like this to unconditional love.

2 tinareale August 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Amen to that. Kids teach us soooo much!!!

3 Emily August 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

I read this nodding yes yes yes yes yes after each sentence – you are so right! I recently read a book which discussed Jesus for a little while and how much has been misconstrued and taken away from this central sentiment.
I also watched a replay on North Point and so thanks too for sharing that.
Have a great Sunday!

4 Becky Przy August 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

Thanks for sharing this! I used to have a ‘no thank you’ attitude as well–I am so happy I had a change of heart. Things still get tough–but I never feel like I am alone because I have Him in my heart.

5 Whitney Y. August 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

Thanks so much for sharing this today! Such a great message and something we need to be reminded of! We are so blessed to have such an amazing father!

6 Rebecca August 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thanks for sharing this today! A great reminder that I definitely needed to hear today after some events this past week. I have been repeating jerimiah 29:11 to myself. Knowing God has a plan for my life even when things are not going the way I had planned. We must remember his plan and a no is strictly because he loves us and has better plans for us. Thanks again Tina!

7 tinareale August 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

That is one of my all time favorite verses!

8 Parita @ myinnershakti August 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

:Love this because it applies to all religions/faiths/beliefs. Beautiful!

9 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

amen girl :)

10 Rebecca August 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Amen! At church this morning we talked about Galatians and how rules and religion are not what God wants. He wants us to have “risky faith” in Him – let go of the rules and He will lavish you with opportunity and possibility :) Hope you have a wonderful Sunday with your family!

11 Janessa August 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Amen! He’s our proud Papa God who only wants the best for His children!

I can’t begin to explain how my world has been rocked since learning this truth. Far too many years were spent believing in the God of the Old Testament – who I had to live a sacrificial life for or He might smite me down – instead of the sacrificial LOVING Father of the New Testament – who wants us to live in the freedom of His gift of grace!

12 lindsay August 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm

double amen! Ask and they shall receive. LOVE!

13 Miz August 20, 2012 at 6:07 am

it was a weekend of loving NOs to a six year old here…

14 Calee August 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

Great message! I love seeing messages and posts like this from Christians. I’m so used to hearing an seeing all my Christian friends post things like, “Gays will go to hell,” and “Abortions are murder and you will go to hell.”

Fine, don’t agree with what people are doing, but it’s not OUR job to judge. And God isn’t a hateful being. He sent Jesus to forgive our sins. At the end of the day it’s His job to judge. Not ours. Our job is to love and support.

15 Jess August 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Oh Tina, I needed to hear this today. I was just commenting on Lindsay’s blog about acceptance…and your words here ring true to me in a similar way that Lindsay’s post did. In that I personally need to strengthen my faith right now, to remember that in order to have faith, I need to trust that the path that God has put me and Scott on is the right path, even if I can’t see around the bend to know that for certain. God is always watching, always working – even if it seems like he might not be, He is. thank you for reminding me friend. xoxo

16 jobo August 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Tina, that is such a beautiful message, yet also one of the hardest, I think, to swallow, sometimes, when it comes to faith. Accepting that no is sometimes what we have to, well, accept, in the name of God, and two, blindly trusting. great post, thank you!

17 Lauren August 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

This is exactly what we learned on Sunday! Thank you for sharing.

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