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This blog is about God and love. More specifically, it is about how much each of those teaches us about the other and how critical the understanding of love is to anyone that is committed to being a disciple of Christ. Feeling drawn (compelled might be a better word) to this topic by a deepening sense of its importance, I first planned to make this a personal study. The idea came later to share this effort, taking advantage of the perspectives of others who might like to read along and contribute. I have never written a blog before, so I am not sure exactly what to expect.
This is the collection of scriptures that struck me.
- “…God is love and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
- “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30 (Deuteronomy 6:5 almost the same wording)
- “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There in no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Love is the key. Our problem is that the concept of love has been so diluted by our use of the word that the meaning is often lost. Love has come to mean so many things that it means very little in common use. Even worse, it has become twisted and perverted in many cases. To know God we need to know love. To know love we need to know more about God. We need to know more about what the bible means when the word “love” is used. This is the passage of scripture that forms the basis for the title I chose for this blog:
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” John 15:9
As I mentioned earlier, I am new at this blogging thing and I am not sure what to expect. I do know that the learning process is often unexpected, particularly if we prayerfully keep our minds and hearts open to the truths we discover in God’s word. One other important point to mention is that I want to focus on much more than simply learning things. The truths in God’s word do not mean much if they are only intellectually understood. The transformation in my life begins when I trust God enough to allow the truths of His word to come to life in me. Abiding in His Love must become a way of life.
I have a plan to begin, but I don’t know exactly where it will lead. It will be a sharing of my faith and a journey of discovery. I am committing to keep the study focused on God’s word. Where else but in His word will we find the Creator’s revealed heart and design, with His expectations of and for us.
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