Jesus, satan, and what love does

This is an ongoing series about the book Love Does by Bob Goff. I am exploring each chapter and sharing a few of my thoughts.

Chapter 18 – Catching a Ride

Just a quick quote from Bob Goff in his book Love Does and some of my thoughts on this beautiful Friday.

When I think about satan, my thoughts go to how Jesus interacted with him in the desert. Jesus spoke with him for just a few seconds and then sent him away. Satan was a manipulator who wanted to control God, but Jesus had a relationship with God that satan didn’t understand, and Jesus had no problem telling him off and getting rid of him. I think we should do the same.

I love that Bob totally gave the middle finger of grammar to satan by not capitalizing his name. (“Middle finger of grammar” is a glorious phrase Jon Acuff coined)

Read the quote again.

Jesus doesn’t invite satan and his lies in to visit. He sends satan away. Jesus doesn’t entertain satan at his home and wonder when it’s all going to become too much and then give in to temptation. Jesus actively sends satan away.

I wonder:

What if we quit entertaining the lies, the fears, the doubts, the guilt-laden manipulative tactics from the people we know and don’t know?

What if we instead didn’t invite the satan to sit down and have a cup of tea with us? Deciding if we should or shouldn’t give in to what satan is offering?

What if we simply sent satan away?

Jesus sent satan away – that’s what love does.

To read an excerpt check out Bob’s guest post for Donald Miller here.

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