Rob Bell: Love, Freedom & Surrender

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“Love is giving up control. It’s surrendering the desire to control the other person. The two—love and controlling power over the other person—are mutually exclusive. If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship.”

“Freedom is not having everything we crave, it’s being able to go without the things we crave and being OK with it. ”

“Far too often, we don’t start because we can’t get our minds around the entire thing. We don’t take the first step because we can’t figure out the seventeenth step. But you don’t have to know the seventeenth step. You only have to know the first step. Because the first number is always 1. Start with 1.”

“Because with every action, comment, conversation, we have the choice to invite Heaven or Hell to Earth.”

“It’s all—let’s use a very specific word here—miraculous. You, me, love, quarks, sex, chocolate, the speed of light—it’s all miraculous, and it always has been.”

“Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be.”

All quotes by Rob Bell

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