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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Love Divided

"Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them"
(1 John 2:15).

It is one thing to have a Godly passion for the people of the world, and we very much should and are called by God to do so.  However, it is clearly another thing to desire the passions of the world.  We cannot love the Father while still trying to live out a love for worldly desires.  Love, in all sincerity and integrity, cannot be split or divided.  Love for God can not be shared with that which is in conflict with the character of God.  To love Him is to love out that love for Him.  Love is not just a response, but it is an initiated choice that we have, made possible by the initiated choice of Jesus Christ to first love us.  It is a choice of sacrifice and surrender, clearly defining the affections of one's heart.

Who does your heart belong for?  If your heart belongs to Jesus, because you have surrendered it fully to Him, then you must be purposeful and strategic in what you expose your heart to.  The Bible calls you to "guard your heart" and to do it "...above all else."  Pray that God "searches your heart," and as He reveals areas in your life that contradict who He is and His best for you, ask Him to "create with in you a clean heart."  Your loyalties and love cannot be shared by God, with God, or by that which contradicts God.  His love for you is so great that it overwhelms any false fulfillment that you could ever find elsewhere!  How great is the Father's love!!  How undivided ours must be!

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