Wednesday, October 01, 2003

here is the forth and final installment of my 3 love theory series

Love for God

Having looked at the other two loves we are left with the final love, our love for God. This love overlaps with the other two loves. We shall see through our love for God how the Three Loves act as three over lapping circles.
First it over laps with our "love of God. In order to show the "love of God" we must obey God's commands and by obeying God's commands we show Him that we love Him. (1 John 5:3 "This is the love for God: to obey His commands") How does this show our love for Him? Because we do what He wants by choice. As Christians we know that we can never act so good that we will save ourselves. It takes faith in Jesus and accepting His grace. We obey God's commands not to be saved but because we are saved. We show our love for God by being like God wants us to. We are His children and need to obey our Father.
Our love for God over laps His love for us. Looking again at First John we discover that "We love because He first loved us." This "first love" is God continually caring for humanity (us) even when we did not love God back. We have a tendency to love those who love us. It is the same way with God.He knows that we have this tendency so He showed love first so we could love back.
Our love for God is connected with the other loves. Just as the other loves are connected with each other. Think of them as three interlocking circles.
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