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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Are you an Idolator?

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Tim Keller describes idolatry thusly: "An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I ‘ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.” There are many ways to describe that kind of relationship to something, but perhaps the best one is worship."

 

First, do you agree with his assessment?

 

Second, how has this understanding of idolatry helped in your sanctification?

 

 

 

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Tim Keller was my pastor for 10 years, so I've heard much of his preaching. I've heard it all, in fact. Having said that, I just watched this video in its entirety, and I think that this is the most helpful information and Christian can have.

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OK, I haven't watched the video yet, but is having something we strongly desire always necessarily idolatry? I get a lot out of doing thread crochet, but I dearly hope I don't worship the stuff! I get a sense of purpose and belonging from being a member of Facebook group dedicated to the art which I probably should be getting in church instead, but we hang onto whatever we can in the dry places. I don't think God meant us to live in a cave, but I do know we are to give thanks and praise to Him alone for what we do have.

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is having something we strongly desire always necessarily idolatry?

 

Not at all, and if you ever have the time and desire to watch the video, Keller gives some tests to help one see where he might have idols, which he is unaware of.

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