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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,

I would like to comment on your wonderful suggestion to take a Sabbath rest day each week.

I am a Christian who observes the 7th day (Saturday) Sabbath instituted at the end of Creation week when God set an example by bringing a conclusion to the work of creation, and rested. Jesus, our supreme example in how to live a balanced life, also followed observance of the 7th day Sabbath.

This observation of the Sabbath is a practice I have been part of my whole life and can wholeheartedly testify to its restorative and rejuvenating results.

I remember in college when the hour of sundown on Friday would arrive, ushering in the Sabbath, we students were gathered in worship. The peacefulness that descended on our spirits as the organ played quietly and we sang “The sun rolls down the distant west, soft twilight steals abroad, to welcome in the day of rest, the Sabbath of our Lord.” (Caroline M. Cory Rathbun) c. Public domain. Also, “Day is dying in the west, Heav’n is touching earth with rest; Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts! Heav’n and earth are full of Thee; Heav’n and earth are praising Thee, O Lord, most high.” (Mary A. Lathbury) c. Public domain.

For the next 24 hours, we put aside assignments, work, weekday obligations. We kept this appointment with God in various ways- in serene reflection, attending church for worship, in thanksgiving and praise the next morning, having what we called the best meal of the week- Sabbath lunch, then spending the rest of the day going out into nature, going on “singing bands” to shut-ins or those who were ill and perhaps just quietly reading, resting, and yes, maybe even napping!

And then through the years following graduation, taking on the responsibilities of marriage, family, and vocation, observing this 24-hour period of rest from our cares and labor, these hours which honor God as our Crestor, and the Creator of this world has brought a peace, a calm, a respite from the roars of contemporary life with its whirlwinds of stress, providing a source of spiritual, physical, and mental renewal in preparation for the week ahead.

Here is a beautiful song by Pillars Of Our Faith which expresses the results of embracing the Sabbath in our lives.

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