Love Takes a Real Person

Dr. Henry Cloud is a psychologist, writer, and speaker. He is on my A list of people to read. He recently wrote:

I remember when I first became a committed Christian. For a long time, I really looked up to people who were religious. I admired their dedication to God and their Bible knowledge. They seemed so strong and “together” that I wanted to be like them. 

For about five years, I hung around these kinds of people. During that time I grew a lot and learned a lot of theology, but unknowingly, I also was getting farther and farther away from being a real person. I became more and more “religious,” less and less of what I now understand to be spiritual. I was losing touch with my vulnerability, my pain, my need for other people, my sinfulness and “bad parts,” and many other aspects of what it means to be a person. 

How often do we follow the rules and neglect the person. Check out what Jesus had to say to a group of guys who practiced that Mark 7), “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

It’s all about where your heart is.

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