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The task is not to find the loveable object, but to find the object before you loveable. To love is to love the person one sees.
To paraphrase Jesus (Matt. 7:24-27), a relationship can either be built on the rock of God’s love or the shifting sands of human preference.
This duty to love is blind to the identity of the beloved. Because of the imperative “shall”, this love is given unconditionally and equally to all persons without any distinctions. When we do our duty to love, we find our neighbor.
God becomes human not only to show his love for us but so we may fully reciprocate that love towards him.
He saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all men.
For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world
Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.
To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
The laborers in the vineyard are seldom remembered, but their work continues to bear fruit after they have gone.
Like Timothy, there are those times in life when we just don’t feel like it and Paul is saying continue on anyway.