Every teenager, at some point in their lives, can tell of a time when they were forced by their parents to do something that they did not want to do; clean their room, pick up after the dog, or wake up early Saturday mornings to do yard work (I still have flashbacks of that memory) ::shudders::

As we grow, we are conditioned to believe that, more often than not, force is a powerful tool that brings about a desired outcome. But being forced to do something feels a lot different than doing it out of joy and a genuine desire. If a person is forced to show love to another person, is that really love? Of course not. And that would be silly to think so.

In the same way, God does not force His way into our lives. He will not beg, manipulate or coerce anyone to follow Him. He gives us the choice to do so. If your perception of God is someone who is a taskmaster and forces you to do things you would rather not do, then I would challenge you and say that is a self-made concept of a god that is very different from the God of the Bible. Ask God to show you who He truly is and watch your world change!

God, You are so different from all the rest. You are not cruel or mean nor do You force me to love You. I love You out of my own free will and choice because You are amazing. You have shown me what life is like with You...and I never want to go back to the way it was without You!

Zechariah 4:6 – “Not by force, and not by power, but by my Spirit.”

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