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Addressed Personally

The more perfect Love is, the more it risks being wounded. Love isn't an abstract commodity. Love is not an impersonal attitude or physical act. Love is a powerful force. Love is personal communication, personal relationship, personal experience, personal union, and personal feeling.

Love is daring, bold, and forceful. Love is a verb and lays it all on the line. We experience the power of personal, intimate love. This is the reason why we zealously minister and love God. This is not an abstraction or theological doctrine, but rather it is the one thing that will risk going into darkness and being a light as it goes. The Holy Spirit causes husbands to zealously be so personal with their wives. Husbands, love your wives, intimately and powerfully. David's love for Absalom reveals a heart that is powerfully intimate. "My son, my son, Absalom! would God I had died for thee" (2 Samuel 18:33). What love! What a risk! How personal and gentle and great! David had no thought of rejoicing. He thought no evil, but simply identified with love.

A marriage can be changed, a prayer meeting or a whole church can be changed by the intimate power of love. This is our privilege. The Holy Spirit sheds this love abroad through our heart. Not through our mind, but through our heart. Our heart is exercised through God to relate personally and powerfully and effectively. This love goes beyond knowledge to personally address each one of us.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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