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“…he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” John 14:12

"I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Revelation 19:10

07.27.2013

Radical Grace

I’m not sure if you would call this my testimony, a testimony for our church, or just why I love our church so much. Possibly all of the above. But, to give a little background I grew up in the Catholic church and then found myself in the Adventist church during young adulthood, and now have come to Tree of Life. Before coming to Tree of LIfe, it was like I was often living in two different worlds. I always had a religious world I was in that was very clear about the “rules” and telling me their view of God. Then there was this other part of me: what I always knew in my heart was right. These two perspectives did not always see eye to eye. I have always felt a love in my heart to seek after those on the fringe of society (those that feel like they cant go to “church” for whatever reason) and to not come at them in a judgement way but a love-filled way. I probably have a special enthusiasm for this because my sister is one of the kindest and most full of love people I have ever known, and she is gay. I have always looked up to her. In the past, I have brought her to church with me, and have always ended up feeling great pain at the way I perceived she was treated and that I had brought her into that situation. I felt so torn because I knew I loved God and that he was good, so I needed to go to church, but I felt like a renegade in some ways for seeking out people that weren’t “okay” to come to church, and like being around them. I also felt pain because I knew her relationship with God was colored by the way she had been treated throughout her past by Christians. I feel the same way about anyone who doesn’t feel “clean” enough to go to church….divorced, addictions, etc.
Now, after being at Tree of LIfe, I don’t feel like the the two worlds are separate anymore. At Tree of Life, it has been made manifest to me just how good God is, how radical His grace is, and that he lives now. I feel like it is okay for me now to believe that all love and goodness that I feel comes from God. That his grace is bigger than any “ugly.” That we all have “ugly.” And that God seeks after all of us no matter who we are. I feel like I always knew this in the deep corners of my heart but Tree of Life has put this into words and actions and has allowed me to feel okay and even joyous to finally mesh my two worlds (spiritual and how I know I should treat people). This is just one of the amazing truths made manifest in my life since coming to Tree of LIfe. All have been transformative. Thank you Tree of Life. You are an amazing group of people filled with Jesus’s amazing, radical love.

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