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On Love: The World’s Definition vs. God’s
By Ruth Verrinder
I WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE AN article on the subject of love from a Biblical viewpoint some months ago, but waited until now for two reasons: one, because I was not, at the time, ready, and two, because the month of Valentine’s Day seemed appropriate for such a subject. At any rate, much thought and preparation has gone into this, and it is my ardent prayer that it will prove enlightening and beneficial to some, if not all, my readers. I have no doubt that it will, if indeed it is all from the Lord, for we know that His Word “does not return void.”
Love is a wildly misunderstood concept. To the world, it is often synonymous with passion, desire, or sentiment. It is commonly accepted to be merely an emotion springing from the heart—the heart, which is “wicked and deceitful above all things,” according to Scripture. It is sad to think how the world takes a great and admirable thing like love, and entrusts it to the keeping of the mos…
Reflections on the Old Testament (continued)

“Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.”
--2 Chronicles 29:5 (NKJV)
“My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.”
--2 Chronicles 29:11 (NKJV)
The Lord commands His servants to sanctify themselves, that He may build His house in them. He has purchased us with His blood, and expects us to “carry out the rubbish” from within us, that He may make us holy. “Do not be negligent, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him….”
Do not shut up your doors or put out your lamps (2 Chron. 29:7), but be diligent in sanctifying yourselves (2 Chron. 29:34). God has prepared you for this, therefore follow Him and rejoice (2 Chron. 29:36).

In 2 Chron. 32:31, God withdraws from Hezekiah, “in order to test him, that He migh…