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What Does it Mean to Love God?


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It is not unusual to hear someone claim to love God.  I make that claim myself.  But what does that mean?  Or rather, what is that supposed to mean, as we see it described in God’s word?  In the last post, I talked about how our whole existence is supposed to be involved in our love for God.  What does that mean to me?  How will that show up in my life?  This is not to be merely a one time event, but an ongoing relationship.  Notice the sense of continuity in this passage in Jude.

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What is meant by “love”?


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As I mentioned in an earlier post, the study and understanding of love is complicated by the fact that there are so many ways in which the word “love” is used in conversation and writing today.  We can read in the bible that God expects us to love Him and each other and then assure ourselves and others that we are doing exactly that.  But are we actually loving as the New Testament describes it?  If the love of which we feel assured is not the love of which God speaks, then we are not fulfilling His expectations.  How can we know what the inspired writers of the bible mean by “love”?  I looked up some definitions.  We can use an English dictionary and, while that can be helpful, a modern dictionary tells us how the word is currently being used.  I am more interested in what the inspired writers of the bible meant.

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When Did God Start Loving?


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I am sure we have all heard the question, often expressed as a challenge, “How can a loving God allow _________ (fill in the blank) to happen?” We definitely have a tendency to assign our definition of love to God and then to judge Him accordingly.  Doesn’t that seem arrogant, even if it is not intended in that way?

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