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LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR*

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Replace Lust with Love


You may have seen the revelon commercial #loveison with the glimmering lips and seductive music while the word used is love, but is this love or lust? Are you addicted to love or lust? When you see someone use the heart sign is it love or lust?

What does it mean to love?

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

The world is clearly confused about love. You have shows like millionaire matchmaker to find love or lust? The bachelor with his buffet of women to find love or lust? The bachelorette with her buffet of men to find love or lust?

If your relationships are failing, it is because you have been deceived by lust. Notice above that love never fails. Lust is never faithful, it moves with the trends. Right now big booty girls are in. More and more women getting booty implants. Why? Love or Lust?

Lust is deceptive and the world will always be deceived because they reject God. Follow the Lord Jesus Christ and his Word and watch him give you the love found in his Word and not the temporary fake love/lust found in the world.

 

 

PUSH LOVE OUT!

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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:12-13).

Marriage

Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

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Marriage (God’s design): a haven of protection where two people who know each other best, love each other the most.

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Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

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But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

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ABIDE IN CHRIST

What does it mean to abide in Christ? It means no longer living the way an individual has lived without Christ. Previous to the life of Christ a person lives with no regard for the creator’s desire. The creator has allowed this individual to live on earth and even fed this person but the individual lives within the parameters of his/her carnality. This person is not living under any rule but the rule of self-fulfillment. Whatever the person desires, sex outside of marriage, drinking an excess, cheating, lying and stealing, nothing is too far outside this person’s ability or completion, but Christ has shown us another way.

To abide in his love is to keep his commandments (John 15:10). In order for one to keep the commandments of God, one must know them. The commandment is to love one another (John 15:12). A person is most like God when they love God and love people also. We demonstrate this love through our commitment to abstain from having sex outside of marriage, drinking an excess, cheating, lying and stealing. We demonstrate our love to God by not forsaking the gathering together of the brethren and by spending time in prayer.

We abide in Christ through the spiritual formation of fasting and isolation. All these things encased in the love of God are abiding in Christ. It is a continuing process that requires daily attention. Our desire is with regard to our creator. Our power in prayer becomes effective because unlike a life previous to Christ, we begin to learn how to pray. Our heart prays the things God desires.

Intertwined with the life of Christ represented in our love for the brethren. We love so much because God loved us so much and the things we commit to doing are always out of this heart of love for our neighbor. If a person hates his brother the Bible says how can the love of God be in this person (1 John 3:15). Abiding in Christ is rolled up in loving God in reading the word, prayer, and fasting inwardly and outwardly through love seen and felt by people around the one abiding in Christ.