When Love is Loyal….
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"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.‘ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.‘ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22: 37-40
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
- Deuteronomy 6:5
….love your neighbor
- Leviticus 19:18
--Deuteronomy: A Suzerain-Vassal Treaty
--God is the Suzerain
He Swore to take care of His People
--His People are the Vassals
1. Preamble (1:1-5)
2. Historical Prologue (1:6-3:29)
3. Stipulations (chs. 4-26)
4. Blessings and Cursings (chs. 27-30)
5. Witnesses (chs. 31-34)
This Love = Passionate Loyalty
The Hebrew word for love, “ahab”, means:
Loyalty leads to affection.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15
1 John 5:3-4
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
1 John 3:16
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:19-21
“Do you love me?”
“Feed my Sheep!”
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
The Three Perversions
Leads to Legalism
Perversion of the Mind
Leads to hipocrisy and confusion
Perversion of the Will
Leads to hedonism
Perversion of the Heart
We pledge our loyalty to God and trust in his spiritual provision.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Peter 1:3-4
We cry out to God for a pure heart.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Prioritize and make covenants of loyalty:
1. To our Spouse and Children
2. To a few other Christians.
(1 Samuel 18:2-4; 19:1-4)
4. Expand loyalty to the body of Christ by meeting together and using our gifts.
(Jude 1:2, Ephesians 4:16)
5. Expand loyalty to the lost.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."