Subject...Step Up Your Affection (3 of 4)
Scriptural Text (New Living Translation)... Deuteronomy 10:12 "And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul."
Introduction: God's love for you is insanely intense (verse 15 says we're the chosen objects of God's love) and he desperately wants for you to love him back (verse 16 says we shouldn't be stubborn about it), in a pure, passionate and personal way.
Transition: Since God's love for us is unchanged but we've ventured away from him, here's how our affection can Step It Up!
Exposition: God desires your affection to be expressed in at least these three ways...
1) Purely...our love for God shouldn't be contaminated by animalistic instincts, to get what we need without reciprocation. REFERENCE First John 4:19
2) Passionately...love makes no sense; it's indescribable. It will make you do things that no one else really understands. Affection is the root of action in a relationship. REFERENCE First John 5:3
3) Personally...your soul is to valuable to attempt to eternally secure it, through vicarious means. Give God quality time; intentional investment; not what's left of you. REFERENCE John 15:7