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#49044 - Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:10 PM Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?
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Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?

(Observations, Applications, Illumination, Illustration, Transformation)

Observations:
1. Love is a one word commandment that fulfills God's Law
(Matt 22:37-40 also see Rom 13:8, 10)
2. Love is a motivating force that drives us to act a certain way
(Luke 10:39, also see 2 Cor 5:14 & John 15:13)
3. Perfect obedient comes out of perfect Love
(John 14:15, 21, 23, 24 also see 1John 2: 5 & 1 John 4:12, 2 John 1:6
4. Obedience is easy and enjoyable when it is motivated by Love.
(Matt 11:29-30 also see 1 John 5:3)
5. The divine purpose of Love is to produce Christ-like obedience (see 2 Cor 5:14), which results in us bringing glory to God. (Matt 5:48, Rom 12:2, Phil 3:15, Rom 4:20 also see Matt 5:16)

Applications:
1. The Gospel:
Christianity is the only religion that was intended to be totally dependent on Love as a motivating force.
(2 Cor 5:14-15). As a result, it is the only religion that can produce perfect obedience, Godliness and Christ likeness. (2 Pet 1:3, 4)
2. Strategy of our enemy:
Satan wants Christians to focus on symptoms of disobedience instead of the root cause of disobedience. The symptoms of disobedience are the rules that we continually break. Rules that we know God wants us to follow. As we pour more time into treating the symptoms (this sin over here and that sin over there) we have less time to address the root cause of disobedience which is the condition of our heart. (Matt 23:23-26 & John 5:42)
3. Loving God:
We Love Him because he first Loved us (1 John 4:19). Lord, help me to be drawn closer to you as I set aside time to get to know you better and get to know your love for me better.
4. Loving Others:
We avoid Love because we know it will lead to sacrifice. Our old man wants to avoid sacrifice. We need faith in order to sacrifice. Lord, help me to have faith to see others as you see them so I can love them more.

Illumination:
“Love sets Christianity apart from all other belief systems. Before we can love God (to the degree that he wants) we must understand fully what he has done “in space and time” to demonstrate his love for us. The Bible says God demonstrated his love to us when he sent his only son to die for us. The more we understand his sacrifice and love for us, the more we will love him and love to do his will. This love will take us where man alone could never go!”

Illustration:
“Man has designed cars to run on gasoline. God has designed the Christian life to run on Love. Without gasoline, a car can go only as fast as man can push it. Without love, our good deeds are nothing.”
(See 1 Cor 13:2)

Transformation:
“It does not matter what happens to me. What matters is how I react to the things that happen to me because this is who I am.” (See Proverbs 27:19)

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#49087 - Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:36 AM Re: Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love? [Re: Wayne@purpose]
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FYI,
I did a search on the home page for the word "love" and found some interesting articles. I also go misdirected when I click "Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?" the link sent me to the "Love the Sinner Dept". with no link to "Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?"

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#49088 - Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:24 AM Re: Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love? [Re: Wayne@purpose]
Pilgrim Offline

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Originally Posted By: Wayne@purpose
FYI,
I did a search on the home page for the word "love" and found some interesting articles. I also go misdirected when I click "Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?" the link sent me to the "Love the Sinner Dept". with no link to "Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?"

I'm not sure what you are trying to describe when you mention "misdirected", etc. Could you provide a detailed, step-by-step description of what you did and where you did this? Depending how this works out, I may end up moving your reply and all replies to it to the HELP forum. If I do, a marker will be left here with a live link to it. grin
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#49089 - Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:40 PM Re: Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love? [Re: Wayne@purpose]
Wayne@purpose Offline
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1. I when to http://www.the-highway.com/
2. I typed the word “love” in the search blank
3. I saw “Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?” at the bottom of the list under the heading “Love the Sinner Dept. - The Highway”
4. I clicked on the heading “Love the Sinner Dept. - The Highway”
and did not see ““Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?”

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#49090 - Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:39 PM Re: Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love? [Re: Wayne@purpose]
Pilgrim Offline

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Registered: Tuesday, April 3, 2001
Posts: 13391
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Okay.... thanks for that information. Here's what I believe is going on...

1. The original thread you started, "Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?" was moved to the Open Forum because it was and should have been started as a new subject.

2. Google indexes The Highway on a regular basis and thus the first search result you see on page 1 is where your post was originally.

3. On page 3 of the same search results, you will see the link to "Anyone want to comment on this summary of Christian Love?".

That should clear things up for you now. grin
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