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What Lies Ahead for America?
What Lies Ahead for America?

Atlanta's
JENTEZEN FRANKLIN

Love Like You've Never Been Hurt

  It's no secret that those who are closest to us can wound us the most profoundly. Reeling from betrayal, we build walls around our hearts to protect us from the heartache, yet these are the very walls that block us from seeing hope, receiving healing and feeling love.

  And it can feel even more impossible to continue loving in the face of it. So, in those moments of unthinkable betrayal and hurt, how are we supposed to respond? And more pertinent, how are we supposed to heal?

  Sharing his own story of personal pain today, through his brand-new book, Love Like You've Never Been Hurt: Hope, Healing and the Power of an Open Heart, is pastor and New York Times bestselling author Jentezen Franklin. The book is currently #3 on the Christian Bookseller's Bestseller's List.

  When Jentezen's oldest daughter started college, tensions mounted as she wanted to see what life was like on the other side of church life. She got involved with the wrong crowd and as the situation got worse, Franklin says each day brought yet another fight.

  One day the situation was so bad that he and his wife Cherise drove to college without their daughter's knowledge to pull her out of school. Once she settled back at home, Jentezen says things just got worse. One day, their daughter left a note saying she couldn't stand the rules and that she was leaving.

  For a week, Jentezen and Cherise had no idea where their daughter was. Over the next few months they had limited contact with her and a few months later she texted them that she had fallen in love and got married via a Justice of the Peace.

  That following weekend, Jentezen was officiating the wedding of one of her friends. "My heart broke. I was devastated," says Franklin. At that time, he heard in his head for the first time, Love like you've never been hurt. He realized that this was a choice he needed to make. The hurdles of rebuilding their family has been difficult.

  "We still have challenges that we have to get through" he says. "But we have determined to love like we've never been hurt. It is a choice we have to make over and over and over again."

  Today his oldest daughter is the media director at a church in Atlanta. Her husband is a graphic artist there, too. Their second daughter and her husband have a son. Their third daughter is involved in ministry. Their youngest daughter is in her second year in college and their son is at Liberty University.

  "This has been the fruit of refusing to allow hurt to dictate how we love our children."

  Jentezen says life is an adventure in forgiveness. "It's all about reaching and releasing," he says. He recalls his first sermon where the biggest point was: you don't need just a good memory; you need a good "forgettery."

  He believes we need to stop keeping score and start losing count when it comes to forgiveness, a concept he has reiterated many times in his home. Over the years, Jentezen taught his daughters they couldn't get tattoos until they were 18. After he finished writing this book, two of his daughters called on video chat showing off their new tattoos: 70 x 7 (referring to the story in the Bible where Peter asks Jesus how often he should forgive someone and the Lord replied, Seventy times seven).

  The girls said the reason they got those tattoos was because their father taught so much about living like they'd never been hurt. He reminds us that forgiveness is a decision. "70 times 7. Commit to this lifestyle. It will change your life."

  When we choose to see people through the eyes of Jesus, that is the beginning of loving how God loves. "You will find a love so wide, so high, so deep, so long, you will never be the same," says Jentezen.

  As parents we are responsible for leading our families. Jentezen say there are four steps we can take to love, even when it feels impossibly hard:

  Pray. Never stop praying for our children.
  Stay committed. Til death do us part.
  Be aware of your greatest temptation. We are most vulnerable to temptation when we can justify it the best.
  Say I'm sorry and mean it. We all make mistakes. Humble yourself, repent and ask for forgiveness.

The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book’s ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.

What happens when a nation ignores God’s warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?

Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God’s Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations—and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.

I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.

It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel’s northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.

Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel’s enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited—proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.

Israel’s defiant answer to God’s final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever—and without God.

Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation’s progression to judgment: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on.”

The answer continues in the verses that follow: “And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).

Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.

- See more at: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38176-what-lies-ahead-for-america#sthash.9IWT8R1M.dpuf

The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book’s ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.

What happens when a nation ignores God’s warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?

Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God’s Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations—and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.

I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.

It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel’s northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.

Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel’s enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited—proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.

Israel’s defiant answer to God’s final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever—and without God.

Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation’s progression to judgment: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on.”

The answer continues in the verses that follow: “And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).

Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.

- See more at: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38176-what-lies-ahead-for-america#sthash.9IWT8R1M.dpuf

  Jentezen teaches us how to find the strength, courage, and motivation to get free from the entanglement of unforgiveness and bitterness...to set aside the hurt, see others as God sees them, and reach out in love. Through biblical and modern-day stories, he discusses different types of relational disappointment and heartache, and answers questions such as Why should I trust again? and How can I ever really forgive?

  In order to regain the confidence and ability to love with open hearts again, a person has to be able to forgive and to trust. As such, Franklin tackles these issues in his book.

 Toxic stress (and toxic emotions for that matter) are devastating on our bodies. We have to choose another way. And that way is the topic of today's discussion.

  The human heart was created with a great capacity to love. But along with that comes a great capacity to feel pain. There is no denying that those who love us, who are closest to us, can wound us the most profoundly. That kind of pain can be difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. And it can feel even more impossible to continue loving in the face of it. Yet that is exactly what we are called to do.

  The walls we build around our hearts to cut us off from pain are the very walls that block us from seeing hope, receiving healing, and feeling love. Here are the tools and inspiration you need to tear down those walls, work through your wounds, repair damaged relationships, and learn to love like you've never been hurt.

  In the book, the pastor of Gainesville, Georgia's Free Chapel addresses the question that anyone who has ever had their heart broken has asked at one point or another: "how can I ever love again?" Franklin knows what it is like to suffer from a broken heart. He managed to get back on his feet, and he wants to help others regain the confidence required to pursue love.

  According to Franklin, God "wants to heal what has been broken. He wants to reconcile what has been torn apart." To do that, a person must regain the confidence to once again pursue love.

  Jentezen said, "I get what it's like to be hurt. I'm not telling you to do something I have not done myself - and made mistakes along the way trying. I know the temptation to not want to let go of hurt or disappointment. My marriage has had severe tests and struggles, and so has my family. In writing this book, my wife and I decided to share some things we have never shared before. We have learned that God did not intend for us to be the walking wounded. He intended for us - for all of us - to be whole. And the only way to be reconciled, healed and whole is to love like you've never been hurt."

  Franklin does not just deal with romantic love either. In addition to addressing marriage issues and concerns, he also tackles the issues that come up when dealing with the love that exists between parent and child, siblings or even simply between two strangers. Love Like You've Never Been Hurt addresses the challenge of loving God as well. Franklin talks about holding on to or reacquiring love for God after tragedy and loss when all most people want to do is demand to know why their loved ones are gone.

  Franklin talks about one of the hardest struggles and greatest triumphs of the human heart: relearning how to love after heartbreak. He pulls on his experience as a husband, preacher and father to give hope and healing to his readers and help them overcome their heartbreak just as he overcame his.

About Jentezen Franklin

  Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multicampus church with a global reach. His messages influence generations through various outreaches and through his televised broadcast, Kingdom Connection. Jentezen is also a New York Times bestselling author who speaks at conferences worldwide. He and his wife, Cherise, live in Gainesville, Georgia, and have five children.

 

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