You aren’t worthy of God’s love. You are a helpless sinner. Your works don’t measure up. You might go to Hell. All of these things are true. God and His love are perfect; without them, we perish. The lyrics of Reckless Love come to mind: “I couldn’t earn it, and…

I have seen and experienced the fear of honest prayer because we think we must give God our best, and we have confused a false front of righteousness with giving our best. I have seen the initial spiritual revelation of our worthlessness cement into a dormant, ever present shame that distances us from God. When the other side is forgotten while hell, total depravity, and condemnation are preached, only half of the truth is being told. And a half truth is no different than a lie.

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