More today from Susan Cottrell’s “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you…
My friend, I want you to know that God loves you exactly the way you are. Exactly.
You may have been told you have to change before God will embrace you.
You’ve been given a list of conditions before you can be a child of God.
Hear me now: GOD DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT OF YOU.
God loves you exactly as you are, completely, no exceptions, no requirements, no change necessary.
Exactly. Perfectly. Completely.
God’s love for you is unconditional.
Come to me all who are worn out and tired of struggling.
I will give you rest!
Peace. Joy. Life!
[To read more from Susan Cottrell, visit www.FreedHearts.org]
SUSAN COTTRELL is a national speaker, teacher, and counselor with years of Biblical study and discipleship experience. Her books include: Mom, I’m Gay – Loving Your LGBTQ Child Without Sacrificing Your Faith, as well as How Not to Lose Your Teen and The Marriage Renovation. Through her nonprofit organization – FreedHearts.org – Susan champions the LGBTQ community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that “loving God and loving others” are the foundation of the rest of the scripture, just as Jesus said.
She is the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin, and her “Mom, I’m Gay” book has been endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign and others. Sharon Groves, PhD, HRC’s Religion & Faith Program Director says, “I often get asked by parents for resources that can address the struggles of raising LGBT sons and daughters without having to leave faith behind. Susan Cottrell’s book, Mom, I’m Gay, does just that. This is the kind of book that parents will love.”
She and her husband have been married more than 25 years and have five children – one of whom is in the LGBTQ community. She lives in Austin, Texas, and blogs at FreedHearts.org and here in IMPACT Magazine’s FreedHearts and Jesus Blog columns.