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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,


4th commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God.

I just spent last weekend at a retreat studying this theme. It is incredible to me how we can forgo this directive from God. We have forgotten how to take a day once a week for quiet and peace. I like what Mike says about how this will change the other 6 days in your week.

As I look outside today we had about an inch of snow fall last night. Yesterday, Sunday my wife and I had to work so no church and no rest. Today I am doing my Sabbath, a snow day. I am going to be attentive to God. Maybe play by making a snowman. Light a candle. Make a fire in the fireplace. Look at some pictures and write Christmas Cards. Drink coffee all day long.

Somewhere in there I am going to look at what he has made, tell him and declare who he is! Not hard when you take a walk in the snow.

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