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

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

We Often Resist It

And yet, as beautiful and lifesaving as grace can be, we often resist it.  By nature, we are suspicious of promises that seem to good to be true.  We wonder about ulterior motives of the excessively generous.  We long ago stopped opening those emails and letters that tell us what we’ve “already won.”  What’s the catch?  What’s the fine print?  What’s in it for them?

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 231

This Has A Unique Power to Inspire

When the chain of quid pro quo is broken, all sorts of wonderful things can happen.  One-way love has the unique power to inspire generosity, kindness, loyalty, and more love, precisely because it removes any and all requirement to change or produce.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 232