To my treasured and cherished child whom I delight in helping always,
I want you to see that in the real— what really is— reality of the unseen world, you actually grow way more by subtraction than by addition.
In the seen, physical, temporal world, your five senses and society say that you gain and grow by addition… getting more things, more knowledge, more fame, more wealth, more accolades. The opposite is true in spiritual growth.
You grow by subtraction when you grow in grace in the unseen and lasting realm of reality. Every time you subtract and let go of a hurt, offense or rejection, you grow. Holding on to, adding up, building up a list of hurts, offenses and rejections keeps you small, contained, bitter and unloving… not living in grace.
Every time you subtract and let go of a doctrine, dogma or belief that separates, excludes and divides, you grow exponentially in grace, love and joy. Conversely, every time you add a doctrine, dogma or belief that excludes, divides and separates, you get smaller and smaller in your capacity for community and fellowship.
Every time you subtract and let go of the judgment that someone else’s behavior, lifestyle choice or action is “wrong” and “not God-honoring and not pleasing to Me,” you grow in love and grace, loving, accepting and including. Conversely, every time you add the judgment that someone else’s behavior or lifestyle choice or action is wrong, not “God-honoring” (in your opinion ) not pleasing to Me (in your opinion), you shrink in your ability to love, accept, include, forgive and grow in grace.
Every time you subtract a thought that “someone who has that belief is wrong and not right with God,” you grow in your capacity to love, forgive, give grace, accept and include more and more of My other family. Conversely, any time that you add something to your list of “wrong beliefs” that, in your opinion, offend Me, you become smaller and smaller in your capacity to love, forgive, give grace and include.
Every time you make the decision that I want you to make to not let things offend you, not be bothered by action, speech and attitudes… every time you choose not to see “wrong” things, actions, attitudes, speech, etc., in others, you grow in grace. Your heart enlarges and swells with My unconditional, non-judgmental, accepting and indwelling love, forgiveness, grace and community.
Every time you subtract these things, you become more like Christ and more like I made you to be. Then your life is unencumbered by things, thoughts, offenses and hurts that cause you to focus on yourself and then you are truly free to love, forgive, accept, include, give grace and enjoy Christ in others.