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Continuing with my thoughts on “love” from yesterday, having read 2nd John, can we truly love each other without first having a knock-down drag-out Love Affair with God?

Absent of God can our emotions, what we call love, just be feelings based on relationships that make us feel good or that benefit us. Yes, loving God will after all benefit us as well as the society around us; however, the benefits should be an effect of a cause, Loving God for who He is and not for what we can get. How does or what is the emotional response, the feel good feeling play into everything or should it?

I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with this theme of love, or to be truthful, what love is-- the God kind of love.

And now I beg you, lady (Cyria), not as if I were issuing a new charge (injunction or command), but [simply recalling to your mind] the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And what this love consists in is this: that we live and walk in accordance with and guided by His commandments (His orders, ordinances, precepts, teaching). This is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, which you continue to walk in love [guided by it and following it].
(2 John 1:5-6 AMP)


If we work on obeying the commands of God instead of trying to work up empathy, sympathy and love for our neighbors as an emotion, will the love God is asking us to show be a fruit, a byproduct, a consequence of following God's commands?

Just some early morning thoughts, and for me, some scary ones.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I’m 60years old and have been reading your post from the one year bible but I will never read them again you need to keep politics out of your reading you offended me and probably other people having a cartoon about Trump. I know a lot of people does not like him and a lot does support him. Cartoon like should be left out from bible reading.

Like many things in our culture right now, things can be divisive and it's my goal to try to glorify God in the midst of it. I'm sure these readings could convict each of us - regardless of the position we hold.

I didn't view the cartoon as being anyone particular, but I do love this blog; it centers me on God's word.

The judgement against Israel seems to continue today as I read many Jews grew up having been fed a complete lie about Jesus and so many are still blinded. But there are also many encouraging testimonies of Jews came to know Jesus as their messiah simply being shown the Word of God. I am grateful for the reminders in John that believers simply need to love one another and ponder on “walking in obedience to His commands.”

Many people go out to spread their beliefs but only the teachings of Christ are 100% true.

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” (2 John‬ ‭1:6‬) John repeatedly encourages believers to walk in love as Jesus.
“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John‬ ‭1:9‬) Faith in Christ is a life long journey. The day we receive Jesus’s salvation is the beginning and we work out our salvation with trembling and fear till the end.

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