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Transformed by the Love of the Word

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Transformed by the Love of the Word | September 18th, 2013

Transformed by the Love of the Word

Chen #2I am a recovering liar. I still often find myself saying things that are contradicted by my true motives. Foremost of these lies is when I say “I love you” to my wife. This lie becomes evident when I substitute “love” in a sentence for “prefer” or “choose”.  Example: Wife, I prefer you before myself. Lie. When push comes to shove, I still prefer and choose myself to anyone else, even my wife. I may abound in acts of service for her, but peel back the layers behind these acts, and there lies the core motive that in order to get I have to give.

I suppose that I could love my wife more by trying harder to “choose” her, but I quickly find myself powerless to change my core motives. Instead, I’m inclined to apply another layer of good actions above the self-centered core.

I previously discussed the greatest commandment, where Jesus lays out the sequence of love prioritization: Love God first with all your heart, then your neighbor. While this commandment of proper love sequencing is critical to maintaining a meaningful relationship with God, it also implies that loving your neighbor genuinely is impossible without loving God first.

Throughout the Bible, human life is compared to dust. It reminds us we are created souls, breathed into fragile tissue that has an 80-year average shelf life. If we choose to live that life without God, [Read more...]


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