We are commanded to love God with all of our heart, mind, and strength. We strive for this by the help of the Holy Spirit, but our sin-stricken flesh prohibits us from loving Him perfectly. But one thing we can be certain, strive as we might, our striving will fall that much more short if we are not faithfully committed to the Body of Christ expressed in the local church.
I dare say, our love for God is tainted the further detached we are from His Bride in the local church. Sin keeps us from loving God with all of our hearts, and lack of love for God’s people is certainly sinful, and hampers our “love potential” for Christ.
However much we think we love God, we do not love Him as much as we can and should the more distanced we are from His local body. We might even…
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