Love God and Do WHAT?

What? is the usual response to reading this quote from St. Augustine.  Before you join those ranks of those who believe such foolish things, allow yourself to hear this logic to its proper end.

The Biblical ground this quote comes from asking a simple question.  When one loves God what does one please (like, enjoy) to do?  Most of the time the answer is simple – the one who loves God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength is pleased in doing that which pleases God.  Now of course we all know that this is not 100% true because we are after all still sinners and though the blood of Christ has cleansed us of all guilt. shame, and punishment, once and for all, the power of canceled sin still holds much sway in all of our hearts.  But down deep in the heart of every Christian, what is the greatest, most foundational desire in existence?  God.  God to be glorified, to be magnified, to be treasured, enjoyed, cherished, loved, and admired among all the nations and peoples of the earth.

This person, by doing what they please, does what pleases God.

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