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Rick Warren Quote February 8, 2007

Posted by pastorsbc1303 in Devotional.

This quote was sent out on an email group I am a part of and I thought it was good….

“The antidote to legalism is grace. Grace means we don’t have to earn God’s love, and we don’t have to earn his smile. God is always smiling at us. Because I deserve it? Not a chance. Because I keep certain rules and regulations? Not a chance. It’s because I’m covered with the blood of Jesus Christ.”

“The problem for many of us in ministry is we subtly shift our perspective from what God has done for us to what we are doing for God in ministry. That’s dangerous – very dangerous. God won’t love you any more or any less no matter how you serve him. What you get out of service is joy. You don’t get approval. God approves of you, but it’s not because of what you do. He approves of you because of what Christ did for you already. That’s grace.”

“The Christian life is not a ritual and it’s not about rules – it’s a relationship. Religion is based upon performance, but Christianity is based on a person, Jesus Christ. Don’t ever forget that or your ministry is finished. And you’ll lose your joy. Nothing is sadder than a cynical person in ministry.” 



1. Joseph Botwinick - February 20, 2007


As you well know, I have many disagreements with Rick Warren. He is, however, right on point here. The only thing that I would add to what he has said here is that not only do we not have to earn his love, but we cannot earn his love. There is absolutely nothing about us that would ever make us worthy of his love except God’s sovereign grace.

Amen and preach it for the Glory of God.

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