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Testimonies of Love and Overcoming Lusts
Paul J. Bucknell
Just this week I heard a brother confirm what was true in my own life. It is the love and care for my sisters that kept me from lusting after them. It is a horrible confession to drag dirt out of my past, but it is a greater triumph to boldly announce it is God's love that helped me love my sisters by caring for them that ultimately enabled me to overcome lusts for women. The principle works rather simply. If I can concentrate on caring for them as a big brother, then I do not have a mind to think about other matters of my flesh.
Practical Steps in Loving One Another
Remember God's love must shape your own life responses.
By Robertson McQuilkin
Dr. McQuilken shared his story with Christianity Today in "Living by Vows" (Oct. 1990) and later in this story, "Muriel's Blessing." Unfortunately, I cannot reprint the article here. But I will say he serves as a noble example of what love is all about.
Here we have a president of Columbia Bible College and Seminary (now Columbia International University) in South Carolina step down from his position and give back to her some of the nurturing care she had provided him for so many years. His wife, Muriel, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's needed full-time care.
He wrote that some people disagree with him and suggested putting her in a nursing home and getting on with life. "After all she doesn't recognize you anymore," they would comment. I can only say that his decision to care for her stamps the love of God on his book, "An Introduction to Biblical Ethics."
He went on and said, "In Prof. Lore Wright's study of 47 couples over a two-year period, she had predicted with 100 percent accuracy who would die first, based on her analysis of the love relationship between husband and wife."
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