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Love of God and love of virtue are closely united

   Love of God and love of virtue, goodness and the things God 
   represents are closely united, close to the same thing.  Love 
   of him and love of his principles for living (love of such life 
   principles as integrity, honesty, morality, chastity, meekness, 
   humility, kindness, peacefulness, etc.) are closely united.  
   When we take him and his teachings seriously and follow them in 
   our everyday lives we create personal habits and patterns of 
   thought that tend to immunize us, preserve us, from sin.  The 
   secret of Christianity is to actively reject and renounce the 
   ways of the world, the ways of impurity, unchastity, 
   immorality, dishonesty, selfishness, hatred, strife, argument, 
   etc.  We must actively pursue and follow the principles given 
   in the Bible, especially those taught by Jesus and the apostles 
   as found in the gospels and letters of the New Testament.  
   God's way is the way of reflection, meditation, wisdom, 
   understanding, thought.   It is a repudiation of the sinful 
   ways of the world.  It is a way of self-discipline and personal 
   struggle.  It is the way of a personal faith that regulates 
   your daily conduct.  It is a way of self-denial, self-
   renunciation.  God's way is knowledge of holy scripture.  His 
   word dwells within us, regulating our behavior.  It is part of 
   us, it is us.  We reflect upon it and it regulates us.  "Thy 
   word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee"
   (Psalm 119:11). 

   Mar 2008

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