Crazy Love Francis Chan

1 Corinthians 13 “1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Love is a crazy thing, in its human form. God is love; perfect, pure, unwavering, undoubtedly, honest and faithful. I read this book with my small group at church this summer. The youth leaders told us this was a pretty in depth crazy book, and I didn’t think much of it. There have been plenty of books in my life that fit this category but I underestimated, and was so wrong. This book not only makes me realize how small I am, and how wrong the world truly is, but how much I truly rely on God. One of the most profound statements for me, while reading this book was this “What are you doing to test your faith in God.” This question then made me evaluate my definition of faith. This is what I came up with. “Faith is the reliance on God. It is the belief and total assurance not only of His existence, but of His ability to take care of me. Faith is knowing that even when I feel alone, He is there, when I feel hopeless He is my hope. Faith is more than just believing, it is living daily knowing that He is my firm foundation.”

Other points that “The Chan Man” brought up were such as “The Lukewarm Christian.” The christian that goes through the motions, goes to church, does basically what they’re supposed to, but they’re not all there. They have the horizontal earthly thing down, but they have no true relationship with God. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, replace the word Love with your name. “Anna is patient, Anna is kinda….etc” When you put it into human terms, you can see how insufficient we really are with love, but God’s love is perfect and fits the bill. He is everything we are and everything we aren’t. What I like about Chan is that he doesn’t make things look flowery if they’re not. He starts the book making it very clear that although God is merciful and loving, he is also just, and should be feared. Let’s face it, he wiped out a whole people because of their wickedness. He is not one to be taken lightly; but in the same token, Chan points out all of the beauty not only that God has created, but the beauty that we hold and the beauty of his Love. This book made me sit back and take a hard look at my life, how I’ve been acting, where I’m headed, and how I want to change it. More than once I found myself on my knees in worship, in awe, in love, in shame, in joy, in peace and in reflection.

If you want a book to turn your world upside down, if you want a book that will give you a new perspective on life, read this book. If you are not ready to take a good look at yourself, if you aren’t ready to look at the world around you and see what truly needs changed, don’t read this book. I would not recommend reading this book in one sitting. I have always had issues with reading bits of books, but reading a chapter or two at a time is life changing enough that reading it all would be a tidal wave. I recommend reading this book with either a small group or partner, reading it individually would be ok, but not nearly as fun or thought inducing. So, I ask this- how Crazy in Love with God are you?