The Art of Love: Relationships Are Matters of the Heart

/The Art of Love: Relationships Are Matters of the Heart

The Art of Love: Relationships Are Matters of the Heart

“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other” (John 13:34-35 CEB).

Do you like Country and Western songs? Sometimes these are called “somebody-done-somebody-wrong songs.” You might have heard the joke that if you play a country song backwards you get back your truck, your dog, your job, and your wife or husband. Perhaps these lyrics are popular in our culture because they acknowledge our difficulties with relationships, but they also speak from the cynical or negative aspects of our culture. In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul encouraged the church to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy (see Philippians 4:8). But our cynical culture makes it hard to focus on these things, doesn’t it? Sometimes, even the church struggles to shift focus from the cynical and negative. That’s why we began a journey last week to consider matters of the heart.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6 NRSV)

Last week, we focused on celebrating those we love and their positive influence in our lives. From the great Shema of the Torah in Deuteronomy to the teaching of Jesus found in John 13, this focus on loving relationship is at the root of the scriptural values of our faith. In the Christian faith, we attend to the teaching of the Shema in the context of the teaching of Jesus. One of the ways we express our love for God is through our love for one another. This is a clear expectation of our faith.

2017-09-20T09:45:12-06:00 March 24th, 2014|Weekly Messages|8 Comments


  1. Jim Thar March 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I pray that God would use the Conference Centers to help people stand for Jesus and share His good news with the lost.

  2. Richard Miller March 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Religious freedom in the military is under a frontal attack. Train soldiers how to combat evil by confronting it with the truth! 2 Timothy 1:7 is a good model: Power tempered by love controlled by a sound mind.

  3. Ren Vandesteeg March 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Given the spiritual climate in the military I hope OCF emphasizes 1) the Christian’s reliance on the leading of God the Holy Spirit in our hearts and 2) specifically in spiritual warfare terms. Our troops understand the military and have a military mind-set; it would be great to teach spiritual warfare based on that foundation.

  4. Hous Waring March 25, 2014 at 6:35 am - Reply

    That God will train men and women to be godly leaders properly handling the Scriptures, that parents will have teens and adults come alongside their children such that the Word of God taught at home is reinforced and built upon at the Conference Centers, and that all are refreshed to go back out to the mission field they have been called to serve in, particularly to the entire military society.

  5. Mike West March 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    That many men and women would hear God’s call in the midst of His beautiful Colorado creation, encounter Him in a new way, and have their hearts, minds, and lives transformed for His glory and their good!

  6. Jeff Westling March 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    That the examples, teaching and shared experiences at the conference centers would convict Christian officers to fully embrace their responsibility to serve God and the members (and families) of their command as they (Christian leaders) live daily at the intersection of command authority and spiritual directive.

  7. Jeff Silliman March 26, 2014 at 9:25 am - Reply

    I would wish/pray that many more generations would experence, enjoy and profit from times spent at OCF’s conference centers. That personal walks, families and OCF ministries would grow mightly as a result. .

  8. Stan and Doris Mincks March 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Our hope is that military members and families might continue to be blessed in God as they take some time aside at these beautiful conference centers. May our Lord continue to bless His work through His people and His creation in these beautiful places.

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