It Paints us Entitled Brats Who Are Disrespectful and Selfish

It [the parable of the prodigal son – Luke 15] paints us as entitled brats who disrespect our fathers and pursue our selfish ends at a cost to both ourselves and those who love us.  But remember, the Gospel only sounds good to a heart that knows it is bad.  For people who think they’re good, grace is frustrating.  For people who know they’re not, grace is freeing.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 377

Breathing Life and Relief into Our Weary, Scared Bones

I know from personal experience, as do you, that the weight of life can be crushing.  And even though I spend hours every day thinking and talking about grace, I struggle to believe too.  But it is inside the pressing context of everyday life that one-way love becomes more than a theory, more than an idea, more than something that churchy people talk about on Sunday.  It is there that one-way love becomes that which breathes life and relief into our weary, scared bones.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 376

Grace Is Enough, Jesus Is Enough

My message, unchanged for more than fifty years, is this: God loves unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be. It is the message of grace…A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages as the grinning drink who shows up at ten till five.  A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands, or buts…

This vulgar grace is indiscriminate compassion.  It works without asking anything of us…Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover.  Grace is enough…Jesus is enough.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 347

In Order to Win His Heart, This Father Had to Risk Losing His Son Altogether

This father (Luke 15:11-17) knows how reckless and self-destructive his son is being, and he knows his son is going to squander whatever he gives him.  So what does he do?  He turns everything we think we know about raising responsible children on its head and gives the boy what he asks.  We read that and think, What an unwise father.  If this father had been steeped in the proverbial wisdom of the Bible, he would have never made such a foolish mistake.  But the father knows something we don’t.  He knows that in order to win the heart of his son, he has to risk losing him altogether by giving him something even more dangerous and reckless than what he asked for.  He has to give him grace.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 319

God’s Message to the Worn Out and Weary

One way to summarize God’s message to the worn out and weary is like this – God’s demand: “be righteous”; God’s diagnosis: “no one is righteous”; God’s deliverance: “Jesus is our righteousness.”  Once this good news grips your heart, it changes everything.  It frees you from having to be perfect.  It frees you from having to hold it all together.  In the place of exhaustion, you might even find energy.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 259

We Are Liberated

Jesus came to liberate us from the weight of having to make it on our own, from the demand to measure up.  He came to emancipate us from the burden to get it all right, from the obligation to fix ourselves, to find ourselves and free ourselves.  Jesus came to release us from the slavish need to be right, rewarded, regarded and respected.  Because Jesus came to set the captives free, life does not have to be a tireless effort to establish ourselves, justify ourselves and validate ourselves.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 245

A Seemingly Common Prayer for Common Man

Restore to us, Preacher, the comfort of merit and demerit.  Prove for us that there is at least something we can do, that we are still, at whatever dim recess of our nature, the masters of our relationships.  Tell us, Prophet, that in spite of all our nights of losing, there will yet be one redeeming card of our very own to fill the inside straight we have so long and so earnestly tried to draw to.  But whatever you do, do not preach grace…We insist on being reckoned with.  Give us something, anything; but spare us the indignity of this indiscriminate acceptance.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 245