Thursday, January 21, 2010

Building The Christian Life: LOVE

This is the agape love you’ve heard so much about. You cannot start here. You have to work up to it through all the points we’ve covered.

Love is not just a fun euphoric emotion. It’s something you do. It has to have a strong foundation if you can even do it at all. In this case it requires seven other items to precede its practice.

FAITH: the objective basis; if we don’t believe we don’t need to love.

MORAL EXCELLENCE: the high standard.

KNOWLEDGE: who, what, when, where, how, why – this is informed love.

SELF CONTROL: this is not lust or advantage love

PERSEVERANCE: bears with others

GODLINESS: keeps it in a God level

BROTHERLY KINDNESS: baby steps leading to mature love

Why do we end with love?

There’s nothing beyond it.

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