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Copy of TALK No. 5: THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD
Transcript of Copy of TALK No. 5: THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD
what should be our ideals? (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: - values that one actively pursues as goals money? financial stability? position or
career advancement? fame relationship acceptance And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
-Mark 12:28 30- We can give our lives to pursuing good goals,
but if loving God is not our ideal, then this falls short. people try to express love for God in different ways: These are not wrong actions, but they are also not adequate expressions of loving God all our heart all our mind all our strength First understand what Jesus meant by heart. today... heart = feeling or emotion Biblical understanding of heart:
the seat of intelligence and decision
= mind and will It requires a decision to obey Him.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments
HE wants a relationship with YOU... what does it mean? A good mind is
an intelligent mind make available our minds for His purposes. How do we love and serve God with our mind? Keep your mind clean and holy Use your mind according to God's truths and not accord¬ing to the ways of the world Let your mind be preoccupied with the things of God (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr Protect and preserve your mind from unholy influences so that God can use you for His purposes. (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Use your mind actively for God's purpose energy money time posessions gifts abilities Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work [John 4:34] saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”[Luke 22:42] In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there
[Mark 1:35] After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. [Matthew 14:23] Loving God is not as vague and impractical as you might think. Rather, it involves specific, practical actions, decisions and commitments.