Transforming Love #8: The Whole-Hearted Yes (#874)
What does it look like to follow Jesus out of love, rest, and play, instead of obligation or fear? Religious performance prefers pretend conformity to authenticity and truth. Pretense, however, is not the way we grow, change, and discover how God's life flows in and throughus. Wayne and Kyle discuss how God invites us to whole-heartedly responding to him; those who settle for terrified obedience miss out on the glory of his kingdom. This is part eight of the Transformational Love series they began this winter. You can follow the archives to catch up if you missed the previous ones.
First-hand account of being ritualistically spanked as a child
Henri Nouwen's quote is from Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit
The video version of the recording of this podcast
Thank you Kyle for your vulnerability in the section on “No wasn’t an option”. I am glad it was not deleted. It indicates a very real state of living that many of us can relate to both in areas of past abuse and what we may have experienced in church.
Wayne, thanks for your and Sarah’s transparency over the last few months. I picked up the book “The Body Keeps the Score” shortly after you referenced it in your podcasts. I am still working through what I read. The book is framing some of my own experiences and reactions in a way that I can finally give definition to them – including, for the first time, an instance of sexual assault. I fortunately have had someone to help me process through some of the darker places and have discovered Jesus there, taking the darkness and the weight of it on to Himself.
Your podcast continues to confirm for me that what I am experiencing is the work of Christ in me. Thank you for continuing to do them and being part of my journey.
Thanks, John. Your words are sweet and gracious. I’m glad the podcasts have been so helpful to you and enlightening to your own story. I’m sorry for all you’ve been through, but also so blessed to hear Jesus is helping you navigate through it to greater freedom and joy. This is the essence of salvation, to find our life in him even through the things that sought to destroy us.