Willingly representing God from the heart.

For a long time I thought God demanded I  live out of some sort of religious duty, . 

If you are acting loving and perfect yet you are not wanting to be loving and perfect, you are hurting yourself. 

God takes no pleasure in anyone not living.  God in his heart willingly wants you to live.  . God wants you to willingly want nothing more than Him, to the same extent He willingly wants nothing more than you.    

Judges 5:2 “When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves— praise the Lord!

Judges 5:9 My heart is with Israel’s princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the Lord!

1 Chronicles 29:9 The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Ezekiel 18: 23  Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’