The Christian Life in 3 Simple Phrases

The Christian Life in 3 Simple Phrases

“The Christian life is simple. Love God, love people, and repent and believe the gospel when you fail.”

This sentence has lodged in my gut and changed my days—possibly even my life—since I heard it.

The Christian Life Made Simple

A pastor spoke these words simply as I sat in a circle of complete strangers (you can read that story here). But that’s not the point of this post.

What I want to communicate is that this truth has been changing my thoughts and actions since I heard them. And I think they’ll do the same for you.

See, for years I’ve scurried around trying to chip away at my to-do list. But just when I’d eliminate one task, three more would pop up.

So I’ve lived with the mentality that “after my work is done, I’ll rest.” (All that did was result in a giant physical and emotional crash several years ago.) But recently God has used other means—as well as this one, simple sentence—to calm my anxious heart and change my whole approach to the Christian life.

Instead of hitting the ground running each morning in an effort to tame my beastly to-do list, I’ve realized that my task for each day is simple: Love God, love people, and repent and believe the gospel when I fail.

Today I’m writing over on LiesYoungWomenBelieve.com. Catch the rest of this post there.

Then, I’d love to hear from you. How does this simple summary of the Christian life focus and/or redirect your hectic life? Do you need to repent of not loving God and others and believe the gospel—that in Christ you are forgiven? What can you do today to cooperate with the Spirit in you in loving God and others?