I experience the love of Jesus afresh,
whenever the Spirit freshly convicts me of the sin of independence/concern-for-my-own-worthiness/dissatisfaction-with-Jesus-and-His-imputed-worthiness. Sometimes the Spirit uses Scripture, sermons, books, and sometimes none of the above is helpful, none is used to freshly convict me, and for a while I wade in lifeless independence, confident-I-know-what’s-best, circumstance-dependent for my joy and peace. Pride is the worst sort of prison. He who has a sense of only having been forgiven little/conditionally, loves others little/conditionally, self little/conditionally, Jesus little/conditionally, and loves little/conditionally His genius plan for everyone. What does it mean to love Jesus conditionally? When He doesn’t order my life the way I think it should go, and I don’t feel loved by Him, close to Him.
–ShepherdDave, powerless to change himself, needing fresh conviction of sin so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility, so the pre-believers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus
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