sermon: Deuteronomy (Part 4)
How Love Grows
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 01-Oct-94; Sermon #150; 60 minutes
God has invited us into a love relationship—one in which He has already shown Himself to be absolutely faithful. If we truly love Him, severing our affections with this world, we will meet the demands of becoming holy. God's Holy Spirit enables us to have this love (Romans 5:5), but we must actively use it or lose it. We must seek God as ardently as we would a physical love relationship, spending quality time with Him. If we make no effort to pursue this relationship, it cools. Similarly, unfaithfulness (idolatry) will destroy it. Obedience (expressing our love toward God and proving that we trust Him) will strengthen this relationship, giving us a higher quality, more abundant life and increased blessings.
Abundant life Blessings Courtship Curse Date Deuteronomy Faithfulness of God Good life Freedom Holiness Idolatry Jealous god Marriage covenant Passion Practical experience Relationship Right of ownership Sin Sine qua non Vision of eternal life
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