Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Quote: Love God and do as you please

From In God We Trust by Steve Ham (page 129):

To one of our early Christian leaders, Augustine (the Bishop of Hippo), the Christian life was summed up in a fairly simple statement: "Love God and do as you please." This statement was later echoed by Martin Luther.

The statement is a fairly profound one. If we truly love God, our pleasure will be entirely in Him. Our desire will be to glorify Him, desire Him, love Him, serve Him, obey Him, live for Him, worship Him, pray to Him, read His Word--the list goes on.

And from page 132:

Luke 12:30-31 tells us to seek God first and these things will be added to you. Too many messages today are stating the opposite to this biblical truth. We should not seek things and then tack God on afterward. Our primary reason and enticement for salvation is for a restored relationship with our Creator, whom we have sinned against, that we might glorify His name.

And from page 152, about relationships:

[God] created us to be one man for one woman in perfect communion in relationship and in perfect equality, in roles of leadership and submission reflecting and honoring the trinitarian relationship of God's own essence.

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