This past week in preparation for my message this Sunday, I asked people on Facebook and Twitter a simple question:  “Why do you think people resist God’s love?”   The following are the unedited responses I got that you might find interesting.   I’d love to know if you agree or disagree with them and why.

“They don’t see it in the lives of professing Christians”  Russ

“Many people here in France just think it’s silly to believe God exists.  They don’t see it as resisting God, but being enlightened.”  Charles 

“For some, it’s difficult to have a concept of unconditional love without the love of an earthly father.  If that earthly relationship is neglectful or abusive, the concept of a Heavenly Father could be difficult to truly believe.”  Stephanie

“I was at a Beth Moore Bible Study a couple of weeks ago and she said that as a human we will never live in the spirit by accident, only by choice.  We have to choose to follow and open our ears to Him from which His love flows. So, that makes me think that we have to continuously “choose” to live in the Spirit. I think people who resist Gods love arent choosing to open their hearts and ears to Him and He wont force it, he didnt make us to listen to HIm, he gave us the “choice” to shut our ears..So those who resist it arent listening…They are tuned into a different radio frequency.”  Nesi

“Pride, peer pressure……”   Lance

“I think it’s because God’s love cannot be separated from His holiness….many people are fine submitting to His love, but submitting their lives to a holy God might require them to lay down some things in their life they might rather not.”  Jennifer 

“I would say that unconditional love is so impossible for us to attain that we almost feel guilty receiving God’s love.  No matter how I am or what I’ve done, God sent Jesus to die for me and give me the gift of eternal life.  For me to even think of doing the same for someone who has offended me is a tough thing to process through human nature.”  Shayne

“I think that most people believe that nothing is free…. To them that is. Though Jesus paid the price, they are hesitant to believe that their salvation is free. There has got to be a catch…. Just as the world teaches. Add this to the misconceptions of the things they think they have to “give up” to be a Christian. If they only knew how the Truth would set them free! ”  Gene

“I agree with Christi and Nicholas-that some think they will have to give up worldly stuff, not knowing God will change their desires for the stuff they will want and that being a Christian can be lots of fun!”   Kathy

“Our nearness to God is always in direct proportion to our sense of sin.  When the HS is convicting of us sin we don’t perceive God’s love because we don’t feel worthy of it or we aren’t ready to deal with the sin.  Either way it presents a barrier to the constancy of the Father’s love which is always there regardless of our perception.”  Jane

“they don’t feel like they deserve it because of all the yuck in their life.”  Amy

“I believe there is two sides to ones resistance to God’s love.  First, I believe that people resist God’s love because of PRIDE, which is a result of a harden heart.  Second is the lack of Faith.  Having a hard heart effects the persons ablility to have FAITH, especially in the hard times when you need God’s LOVE the most….”    Steve

“They are afraid that they are going to have to give up all the “fun” stuff in their life or that they’ll get sent to some Third World country on a mission trip. It’s sad when you see someone resisting, because it means that they probably don’t have a relationship with God or truly know how much He loves each one of us. You usually can’t feel someone’s love unless you are in a relationship with them.    ”   Christi

“Pride”   Alisa

“Some people value wordly pleasures so much and are afraid to give them up. They dont understand what is beyond this life.  ”   Nicholas

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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