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Monday, 02 April 2018 12:57

Bible Study Review - March 22

We would first of all like to acknowledge the efforts of Father Emmanuel, the spiritual Father for many of us, in preparing and conducting the Bible Study lessons each week. They allow us to grow in knowledge and spiritual understanding for the ultimate goal of drawing nearer to God. Furthermore, it should be noted that the ideas drawn in this article are merely summations of the talks given to us each week, and are not intended to replace the talks themselves.

It seems suitable to first set the focus point for the lesson in question. While there were many ideas and points covered, the general idea was that of love. To speak of love, how can we not speak of God? As Father repeats time and time again, "God is love". If a person says that they love God but still holds a grudge against their neighbour, the person is fooling themselves. For it is not possible for them to say that they love God and not love their neighbour.

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1 John 4:7-11)

It is important to note here that unless something is done out of love, it has little benefit. Take, for example, the Pharisees, whom we so often use to show this contrast. The Pharisees were focussed with correctness and conventionalism. Being more concerned with correct practise, they left little space for God, and so became blind to the Truth. They could not even see the Lord standing before them, despite all the miracles and wonders performed by Him. They had no love in their hearts, and so God could not dwell in them. So it is with us! If we become too preoccupied with what we do and how we do it, and have no love in our hearts, we can also fall into the same trap.

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