Falling in Love With God
One of the most popular scriptures in the world is found at John 3:16 ~ “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
While many know of the love of God, only a few have responded to that love. We complain sometimes when we are trying to build a quality relationship with someone and they do not feel the same way about us.
Yet, that is what we do to God every day. It is important that we reciprocate the love of God towards us.
God’s Love For Us
We as Christians, who have tasted of the salvation of God despite being so undeserving of it, have one priority to God which is love and worship. How can we claim to know God or understand the magnitude of His redemptive work on the cross if we don’t love Jesus who died for us.
“When the kindness and love of God appeared. He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3: 4-5).
“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5: 5)
Both of these scriptures clearly point out the endless and vast love of God for us.
Our Savior must remain dear to us at all times and under any circumstance. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8: 35).
However, you may wonder how can we show love to a God we cannot see?
How to Love God
Jesus gives us the simple code to loving God, and that is by obeying Him.
1). Obeying God’s Commandments: Those who love God seek to please Him at all times regardless of any surrounding circumstances. The will of God is paramount and supreme on their priority list. Obedience is the attitude of God’s children. Jesus mentioned that “whosoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me” (John 14: 21).
When you love someone, you will always want to do what pleases them, and what pleases God is obeying Him, not as the commandments, but as a sign of your love and passion for Him.
2). By Loving Others: John 13: 34- 35 says “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Loving others, being kind, patient and forgiving is an act of devotion and worship to God.
We read in Matthew 25: 31-46 how Jesus revealed that the little acts of kindness or hatred toward others are done to Him. Also, we note how we will be rewarded for all we have done or said to others as though they were done to Him. 1 John 4: 8 puts it in plainer terms this way “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
God is Love
All men are created by God. The whole purpose of the death of Jesus centered around God’s love for man. Likewise as men who love God, we must love what and who He loves.
One way to prove this is by showing kindness to others and reaching out to lost souls because they are primary in the heart of God.
It is a dangerous disposition of the heart for a man not to feel a thing for God. There should exist an inexplicable sense of awe and adoration for God. Not just as our Savior or Lord but as our Friend and Father.
If you realize that you are consistently unmoved by the things of God, then there is no other time better than now to bow in humble contrition and sincere penitence asking God for grace to love Him more than ever before..
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