On Saturday is our next EQUIP meeting. The book we will finish reading for this week is Paul David Tripp's Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. This is the third time I've read this book and it is my favorite book I remember reading on the topic of helping people.
We are reading chapters 10 through all appendices for Saturday…
Favorite quote from Chapter 10:
Why would God put the world's most significant, demanding, and difficult human relationship (marriage) smack dab in the middle fo the world's most important process (sanctification)? If he did it so that people would realize their individual dreams, it would have made senses to get them fully sanctified before facing the trials of marriage. But God hasn't made a mistake. He is working on a greater dream, so he tried and troubles us. he lets our dreams slip though our fingers so that as we learn to love each other, we grow more deeply in love with him. (pp. 185-186).
Two favorite quotes from Chapter 11:
A rebuke free of unrighteous anger is a clear sing of biblical love, but I am afraid we have replaced love in our relationships with being "nice." Being nice and acting out of love are not the same thing. Our culture puts a high premium on being tolerant and polite. we seek to avoid uncomfortable moments, so we see, but do not speak. We go so far as to convince ourselves tha we are not speaking because we love the other person, when in reality we fail to speak because we lack love. (p. 202)
Remember, God has ordained that difficult person to be in your life. It is not a sign of God's inattention but his covenant-keeping care. Humbly embrace the fact that the Wonderful Counselor is working on everybody involved. Humbly acknowledge the ways God is using this person to expose the areas where you need to grow. Embrace the fact that God can transform the heart of that person without neglecting you – and vice-versa! (p. 211)