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Love: our love for God: Deuteronomy 6:1-25
I cannot emphasise enough how our response to God - our love for God - does not earn his love, is not a 'debt-recovery/payment' scheme, nor is it a matter of 'being good because I am scared'.

Our response to God - our love for him - is our response to his grace. It is everywhere in this passage - in the land 'promised' (vs.3), in the land bountiful that they did not create (vs.10-11), in the continual repetition of God's covenantal name ('LORD' - 'Yahweh'), in the remembering that the LORD brought them out of slavery (by his magnificent deeds) to this land (vs.20-25).

Now, such grace does confront and judge sin (after all, the hard-heart of Pharaoh was shattered, and this mob have just wandered for 40 years, and Moses will not see the land). But it acts to deal with sin, for the benefit of the LORD AND the sinner.

So, as we love God, as we obey his commands, it is because of God's grace.

P.S. As we take a break as a family, this will be the last post until the week beginning July 18...
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