These ‘pithy sayings’ were written by Paul Young and recently quoted by Abi Stumvoll Bethel TV, and recently shown on the Elijah Ministries web site.
1/ The depth of my affections for you is dependent on you.
2/ I expect you to do better.
3/ If you do not say the magic words my hands are tied – sorry about that.
4/ I do not like being with you when things get messy.
5/I allow evil because it will make you a better person.
6/ You are not allowed to participate until you are perfect.
7/ I would rather you attempt to be holy than to be honest.
8/ You are deafer than my ability to communicate.
9/ I only love you today because I know your potential.
10/ Shaming is sometimes a good thing.
11/ I find your questions offensive.
12/ I put up with you only because Jesus loves you.
I believe these are worthy sayings, worthy of sharing.
Boy, oh boy, I am glad there are no scripture verses to go with them.
If you don't look at the title of this blog, you might misunderstand this. These are things God will NEVER say. When you "hear" a voice in your mind, for example, suggesting God does not love you anymore because you "messed up", that is not God speaking to you because it is contrary to His Word. His Word tells us that if we confess our sins, He WILL forgive our sins (1 John 1:9). Also, we are not saved by our works of righteousness but according to His mercy (Titus 3:5). So why does God show us mercy and grace? It is simple. He loves us (John 3:16).
On a side note, it is interesting to note that while God immediately cursed the serpent, that was not the case with Adam and Eve. He utters the promise of redemption (Genesis 3:15) from the curse (Genesis 3:16-19). Do I think that is coincidental? No I don't! Mercy and grace was extended even before judgement. Why? Because God loves us!