sermonette: What's Love Got to Do With It?
Joseph B. Baity
Given 15-Oct-14; Sermon #FT14-11s; 21 minutes
God has called us out of ignorance; we must see clearly the perspective Christ came to reveal. The world's sloppiness with language has cheapened the precision of meaning. For example, the myriad imprecise and often trivial contexts of the word "love" has blurred the solemn commitment of keeping God's commandments. The old serpent that deluded Eve has bastardized the term love, flooding the world with over one billion books distorting love, calling it "a four letter word," "falling in love is like falling in a hole," "love is to be avoided," "all is fair in love and war," or "don't let love let you down," making it nearly impossible to understand the love of God. Satan has actually deluded mankind that love is hate and hate is love. As God's called-out ones, we must seek God with all our might, learning that love is to keep His Commandments in the letter and spirit, constituting pure love to God and one another.
Genesis 1:26; 3:1 I John 4:7-8, 16 God is love Jeremiah 4:22; 17:9 John 1:10-12, 18; 14: 14-21 17:3, 25-26 Love is Old Deluder Satan Act of 1642 Matthew 6:33 Romans 3:11; 8:7 II Corinthians 11:3 1642 literate population Shakespeare The Law of 1642, the Old Deluder Satan Act