Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Opus 2022-281: The Priority of Love

What does it mean to love God?  I claim it all the time.  Today I am wondering what it means.

The Greek agape doesn’t do it.  

The Hebrew chesed does not express it.

God’s love for us fits both those words.  Our love for each other also works.  Those are the expressions of mercy, lovingkindness, patience, etc, toward people on our level and below but it doesn’t work going up.  There is no way I can have mercy on God.  I might express them toward a parent when I am a child but as Paul said, “When I became a man I did away with childish things.”

Yet we are told to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

This has to be more than the “love” a dog expresses toward almost anything that moves.

I am remembering some teacher at one point in my mind saying that agape love means expressing preference for the other person.  Here I go to the second chapter of Philippians.  After including agape in the opening verses, he comes to verse 3,

(Php 2:3-4 KJV)  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
So loving God means putting Him and His desires before myself.  He has priority.  We exist for Him and His glory.  To accept that and live that means I am loving God.  

And remember that Biblical love is always a choice, not an emotion.

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