The previous post has endeared you to our simian friends just in time for the release of the Feb ’08 issue of Focus on the Family Magazine.
Check it out, because I have an article in it. Ironically, I haven’t received my issue of the magazine yet, so I haven’t even seen my article in print. As far as I can find, it’s not yet on their online sites yet either.
[On Feb 11 or so, the online version became available! Click here.]
I write about love–about the difference between attraction love (in which I love you because YOU attract ME) and virtue love (in which I love you because I possess the inner virtue and strength to love you). The monkey’s on my back to keep on loving you even when you aren’t so loveable.
““But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” ““For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” Matthew 5:44, 46, NKJV.
Love wasn’t just the core message of Jesus, it was his core motivation (Jn 3:16; Rom 5:8). Virtue love, tending and feeding the Love Monkey, is the acid test of spiritual maturity. It is also impossible for us to sustain apart from the power of the Holy Spirit and Christ within.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5, NKJV.
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,” 1 Peter 1:22, NKJV.