{2 Timothy 1:9; NLT}

 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

We love God in proportion to the strength and clearness of our conviction that He has loved us and accepted us in His Son.  Unless we love God, it is not possible to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Neither can we have any right affections either toward God or man.  It evidently follows that whatever weakens our faith must, in the same degree, obstruct our holiness.  This is not only the most effectual, but also the quickest, way of destroying our holiness.  This does not affect any one Christian temper or any single fruit or grace of the Spirit, but so far as it succeeds, tears out the very root of the whole work of God.

John Wesley, The Sermon on the Mount, p. 52

Questions to Consider:

  • Is it true that unless we love God we cannot really love our neighbor?
  • What is the connection between our faith and our holiness?
  • How does knowing God loves us strengthen our faith and our holiness?
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