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      Thursday, February 22, 2007

      I've often asked people in counseling if they know the opposite of love, and invariably people will say that the opposite of love is hate, but the Bible seems to suggest that there is another perspective that we can have: Since loving is unselfish giving, what is selfish desire to get? There's a sense in which the opposite of love... is lust. We think of lust in only one connotation, that of sexual desire, but LUST IS AN INORDINATE DEMAND OR EXPECTATION THAT SOMEONE WILL GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. I know people who derive their happiness from their experiences of Christianity. In other words, they're not really in love with Christ, they are just in love with the Christian life. Those aren't the same thing. Because one has its focus in Christ, and the other has its focus... in self. If you're in this for what you can get out of it instead of what you can give to it, you may be a person who is once again like you sometimes were. (Titus 3:3) That's the way we used to be once, but it's not the way we ought to be now. The Lord stands by the man who stands by the Lord. If you'll be true to the Christ that you said you believe in and if you'll be true to the testimony of your own baptism: that the old man is buried in the likeness of his death and you are raised in the likeness of his resurrection, to walk in newness of life, you'll be able to take comfort though the devil oppress you, though your own flesh trip you, you'll be able to know that the Lord stands by you. Yes, the Lord stands by the man who preaches the gospel, but know this: the devil makes WAR against the man who preaches the gospel.

      - Dr. John Vaughn

      Faith Baptist Church

      Taylors, SC



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