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Loving God #5—Deliverance From Enemies

David sang, “I love you, O Yahweh, my strength, my craggy summit, my fortress, and my deliverer. You are my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the weapon that saves me. I call upon Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1–3 … Continue reading

Loving God #4—Obedient Love

Jesus said, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, is the one who loves me. And those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and manifest myself to them.” John 14:21 Genuine affections in our hearts come to perfection—to completion—as they move us to action. Genuine joy about … Continue reading

Loving God #3—Eternal Life

A lawyer tested Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to receive eternal life?” Jesus replied, “ How do you read the Law?” He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”  Jesus responded, “You … Continue reading

Loving God #2—Careful Love

Be very careful to love Yahweh, your God. Do not turn back and cling to the tantalizing remnants of your old life, or else they shall be a snare and a trap for you, a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land that Yahweh has given … Continue reading

Loving God #1—Kindness to Lovers

Love is the affection of our hearts that arises as we view someone or something as valuable to us. Love is also the appropriate activity of our hands generated by the love in our hearts. God instructs us to love him because he is holy, that is because he has infinite, unexcelled, and irreplaceable worth. … Continue reading

Speech #8— Controlled for Praise

O Eternal, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? Those who walk with integrity, work righteousness, and speak truth in their hearts. They do not slander with their tongue, nor do evil to a neighbor, nor take up a reproach against a friend. Psalm 15:1–3 Fellowship with you is … Continue reading

Speech #7—Persuasively Sweet

The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:22–23 Godly wisdom is the ability to see and to seek what will bring us the greatest happiness for the longest time in fellowship with God. … Continue reading

Speech #6—Self-Preserving Speech

Laying aside falsehood, speak truth, to one another, for we are members of one another. … Let no rotten word proceed from your mouth, but only what is good for building up the person in need, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:25 & 29 God has so constructed the Body … Continue reading

Speech #5—Justifying Speech

The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. Good people out of their good treasure bring forth what is good; and evil people out of their evil treasure bring forth what is evil. … By your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned. Matthew 12:34–37 When we … Continue reading

Speech #4—Guarded Speech

I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue. I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle, while the wicked are in my presence. Psalm 39:1 “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.” This aphorism is as true in the context of our relationship with God, as it is in … Continue reading