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Wooed But Not Coerced

November 25, 2013

“God woos but never coerces.”[1]

God has been trying to get our attention in our lives. Trying to draw our focus away from the earthly things, the possessions, and idols we pursue so vigorously. I am as guilty of that as the next. Yet God is constant in His desire for our attention – our undivided attention. Have we given Him the attention He is asking for?

If God woos us, but does not coerce us, do we share Jesus in that manner? Do we promise a “great life with no problems” if someone entrusts their life to Jesus? First, that is not Biblically sound. The Bible promises a tough life, but the joy will be in knowing we are traveling the tough road with Jesus. Just look at the life of Paul. That was no easy life. Yet, he rejoiced in his trials. When we make promises like this we are coercing someone into following Jesus. Since Jesus did not do that, neither should we.

As we learn to give God our undivided attention, we will honor Him in his wooing of us. And we will discontinue the coercion we have been guilty of.

[1] James Bryan Smith. An Arrow Pointing to Heaven. (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000). 66

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