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Summary: This is part of a series or can stand alone as a good lesson. THIS IS INSTALLMENT #18 ON LOVE UNDERSTANDS: MORE THAN A COUCH POTATO... Love can revert to doing-nothing neglect that dooms the chances of loves survival.

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#18 UNDERSTANDING LOVE: MORE THAN A COUCH POTATO...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

LOVE UNDERSTANDS THAT NEGLECT IS JUST AS BAD AS ABUSE...

WHAT MAKES US THINK WE CAN GET AWAY WITH NEGLECT?

HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT?

NELECT: to fail to take care of, or not give attention to something...

To fail to do... TO LEAVE UNDONE... THROUGH CARELESSNESS

Hebrews 2:3 (KJV) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first

began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Hebrews 2:3 (NLT) So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation

that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who

heard him speak?

IDLE: to not work, not real purpose or value, NOT PRODUCTIVE...

COUCH POTATO AND SPECTATOR?

1 Timothy 5:6 (KJV) But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

Come with me to Cincinnati, Ohio and meet a lady named SANDRA.

Let us talk with the Police Sergeant, PAUL NEUDIGATE and hear a sad story.

Sandra had a strange addiction that affected her whole family.

Her husband, ALEXANDER and Sandra had 3 kids, 5,3, and 2 years old.

The problem was so serious that ALEXANDER moved out and left his wife.

Still no change in Sandra's problem.

TWO WEEKS AFTER LEAVING , ALEXANDER CALLED THE POLICE TO REPORT

THAT SANDRA WAS NEGLECTING THE 3 CHILDREN.

The police visited Sandra's apartment to find terrible, deplorable conditions. The

children we dirty, the home was nasty. The kids were hungry.

WHAT WAS SANDRA'S ADDICTION? The investigation found SANDRA WAS ACTIVELY

ON THE COMPUTER AT LEAST 12 HOURS A DAY.

Her compulsion was SURFING THE INTERNET.

According to the police reports the kids were locked in their room so they could not

bother their mother. The apartment was a nasty mess, but the computer area was clean

and immaculate.

THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY ARREST SANDRA AND PLACED THE 3 CHILDREN

IN CUSTODY ON 3 COUNTS OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT.

MUST BE MORE THAN PASSIVE FORGETTING

WE MUST BE BE DOERS AND ACTIVE...

LOVE UNDERSTANDS: WE MAY LAUGH ABOUT COUCH POTATOES?

BUT COUCH POTATOES WILL KILL LOVE DEADER THAN A DOOR NAIL...

People that spend their time idly, they sit around and do little, maybe a lot of

time on the computer or television.

A lazy, inactive person, one that spends a lot of time accomplishing little.

LAZY BONES, DEADBEAT, DO-NOTHING, LOAFER IDLER, SLUGGARD.

SELF STARTER, DOER, GO AHEAD...

LOVE UNDERSTANDSTHE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSTINCT AND LEARNED

BEHAVIOR...

PLAN OR FAIL?

Not one person planned to fail...

LOVE KNOWS TO FAIL TO PLAN IS AN AUTOMATIC PATH TO FAIL.

INSTINCT: action, behaving, thinking, or feeling that is not a learned behavior.

A natural desire or tendency...

You never took a class on how to: breath? Suck a bottle?

LEARN: to gain knowledge by study, experience or teaching.

STUDY, INTRUCTION, EXPERIENCE...

LAZINESS? YOU OWE ME? IDLENESS ARE ALL LEARNED BEHAVIORS...

1 Timothy 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and

not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.


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