Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life
God’s love has the power to change lives. Christians, then, should exhibit the greatest transformation of all because, rightly understood and cherished, God’s love makes them increasingly more like the One who has lavished his love on them.
So why do we so often struggle to exhibit God’s love? Biblical counselor Elyse M. Fitzpatrick asks one simple question: “In your pursuit of godliness, have you left Jesus behind?” We need to be rescued from our “identity amnesia” and pointed to our true identity as God’s beloved children—adopted by the Father, united with the Son, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Fitzpatrick shows how a genuine transformation of identity leads to a transformation of our daily lives. Those who struggle with either legalism or lawlessness will find encouragement to return to God’s love, the source of authentic and lasting change. Study questions and invitations to further discovery conclude each chapter.
Table of Contents:
The ‘Must Read’ Introduction: Are You Forgetting Something?
Part One: How God’s Love Transforms Our Identity
1. Remembering His Love
2. Identify Amnesia
3. The Identity Gift
4. The Verdict
5. Your Inheritance
6. Look and Live!
Part Two: How God’s Love Transforms Our Life
7. Be Who You Are
8. I Will Cleanse You
9. Walk in Love
10. Take Courage; Your Sins Are Forgiven
11. Gospel-Centered Relationships
12. The Hope of the Gospel
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick (MA, Trinity Theological Seminary) is a counselor, a retreat and conference speaker, and the head of Counsel from the Cross Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored 18 books.
"What Elyse Fitzpatrick has written is inspirational and overflows with practical application that pushes me to take the gospel into the otherwise private corners of my life." - Edward T. Welch, Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Education Foundation
"Elyse Fitzpatrick reminds us why the gospel is such good news-not only when we hear it for the first time, but even after a lifetime of familiarity with the message. This is a moving exposition of gospel truth showing how the doctrinal content of our faith is not merely dry, academic stuff, but wonderfully personal and practical truth." - Phillip R. Johnson, Executive Director, Grace to You
"Because He Loves Me will provide hope and a desperately needed supply of 'spiritual oxygen' to many Christians who have lost sight of what they have and who they are in Christ and are struggling to live a life they can never live apart from him." - Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts
"The Spirit of God seems to be initiating a widespread recovery of the gospel and its implications. Because He Loves Me is another-and welcome-indication that fresh gospel breezes are blowing. If you love the gospel of Jesus Christ, you'll love what Elyse Fitzpatrick has written in this book." - Donald S. Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
"Elyse Fitzpatrick has given us a helpful, encouraging, and stimulating book that explores the practical impact of God's great love for his people in every aspect of Christian living. Her rich insights into God's revealed truth will certainly equip and inspire Christians to better fulfill their chief end of glorifying and enjoying him forever!" - Carol J. Ruvolo, author, Grace to Stand Firm, Grace to Grow, and No Other Gospel
"Many Christian books focus our gaze on the difficult duties of the Christian life, leaving us either triumphant in self-righteous pride or burdened down with a backpack full of guilt. Elyse Fitzpatrick shows us how to lay down that burden of guilt at the cross and put to death that self-righteousness, not merely once but daily as we glory increasingly in the gospel." - Iain M. Duguid, Professor of Old Testament, Grove City College; author, Numbers (Preaching the Word Commentary Series)