Tuesday, 15 November 2016
What's Love Got to do With it?
Continuing on with the theme of love, people like to use excuses to justify their conduct. They claim that if a person feels physical attraction to another, that's love. Some even go as far as claiming that they're fulfilling God's law by calling their lust love.
Jesus summed up all ten commandments in Luke 10:27 (KJV). "And he answering said, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.'"
The first part of his statement sums up the first four laws and the second part sums up the remaining six commandments. Since love seeks only the good of others, practicing it fulfills the law.
For example, we love God by having him only as our Lord. We obey him rather than turning to false gods. We even honour our parents which is a form of honouring God because he gave us to them to raise.
We also love others by not lying to them or stealing from them. Even coveting is a form of harm because we want what isn't ours. Depriving neighbours of their reputation, property, family, and lives violates the commandments.
Loving others causes us to want only their benefit. Loving God causes us to obey and honour him because we want to do so.
What the world calls love is actually lust. We humans tend to want what makes our flesh feel good rather than considering the feelings of the ones we claim to love. Even if they consent, it's still a case of people using and abusing one another.
I hope to cover the topic of covetousness in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Because marriage between a man and a woman is thee standard, any other relationship is illegal in God's sight.
Thanks to Voddie Baucham for inspiring these posts.