Deuteronomy 11:13 KJV
And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
When I think of what is expected from the first commandment it initially appears we have to dedicate our worship fulltime in service for God.
I am quoting the following from the article “Doom and Gloom” published Feb.24th, 2020. “Our Father will never interfere with our free will choices. He will show us our err but will never force a change in our decisions made with our free will.
He does protect those of His Flock, from the enemy who would attack them, however, to alter a course made in err, we must make the moves involved in changing our path and a thought process which has opened the door for an attack.”
Remember discerning and understanding information brings about strength, courage, determination and the absolute removal of fear and doubt. Why is this important it allows the ability to identify and prevent subtle temptations which draw believers from walking with full dedication to God?
Greek friendship was to be merged in Christian love. The meaning of such a change will appear if we remember two characteristics of mere friendship, on which Aristotle dwells.
One is that it is necessarily based upon selfishness; springing from a wish to realize oneself in the life of another, fed by the benefit or pleasure derived from the mutual intercourse, it lies under the necessary limitation that we shall not wish for our friend a good which would remove him from us or an improvement which would raise him too far above us.
The second point is that friendship can only exist between equals, and the best friendship is that between good men who stand upon the same level of virtue.
A Believers love, on the other hand, springs from a complete denial of self. It seeks nothing: it gives all. So far from laying stress upon the equality of conditions.
It is never better pleased than when it can raise another to a position of excellence far surpassing its own, and instead of seeking its highest satisfaction in interaction with its spiritual peers. Like our close friend within our relationship who demonstrated his love as a full time friend who desired to be in our life as part of our fulltime worship of His Father.
Like the Son who took the time to save one soul. We find the good, the great, the saintly, attains its perfection when it is lowered to embrace the weak, the sinful, the fallen, and to lavish all its Divine resources upon those who may never be able to repay it even with gratitude.
We may then practically, in thinking of friendship, confine our attention to that which exists between well-meaning people, and tends on the whole to bless, to strengthen, and to improve them.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending flaws and danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)