One of the most used phrases in the church and in our nation is the phrase, “ I love God.” While you might not hear it said verbally, but the reality is that many walk around with the notion that they really do.
The bravado displayed as a people borders sometimes on arrogance, and in most cases ignorance. This ain’t so convoluted nor complex to grasp from time to time.
What does it mean to love God? What does it mean to have a vibrant relationship with God? Well, we can use for example our relationship with the significant other to parallel allegorically what I’m conveying to you biblically. Remember when you first fall in love with your significant other? You used to think about that person all the time. Not a day, or hour that that person wasn’t on your mind.
In fact you would have gone to the moon and back for that person. Why? Love! Looking at this from this perspective let’s compare it to having a steady consistent love for Jesus. Biblical love for God isn’t a warm goosebumps feeling. It’s a calculated conformity to the inerrant word of God. Moses in Deuteronomy nailed it. Deuteronomy 6:4-6, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD God is one LORD: And thou shall love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:” Notice that Moses mentioned the whole man that consists of the heart (spirit), soul (mind, will, intellect, and emotions), and might (physical composition, or strength. Paul the apostle adds in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of Lord Jesus Christ.”
God demonstrated or displayed the ultimate love for man by sending His Son to the cross. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God showed us what it is to love. Love is action. In 1 Corinthians 13 we have the Bible definition of love in it’s maturity. 1 Corinthians 13:1,” Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
Love should be demonstrated in our attitude towards God. If you truly love Him then you’ll submit to His Lordship consistently. John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Love is showing true obedience to His Lordship. It’s not singing with hands lifted up, while the heart isn’t right. In fact true worship biblically speaking is obedience to the revealed will of God which is the Bible. Loving God is walking in obedience to His word.
God desires truth in the inward part of man. He desires a lifestyle of submission to His word. Loving God is walking in compliance to His word in obedience. Anything other than that is noise in the market folks. If this article was a blessing to you, please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook Keith Evans.