In every Human being there’s an innate desire to Love and to be loved. When love is void from an early age, it leads to a lot of distinctive issues later on in life. You’ll find that for some people they desperately want to be loved so they stay in abusive relationships. Others because of past experiences harden their hearts and reject love; pushing away anyone that tries to get close. You might be thinking – I don’t really see myself in any of these examples. But think on it, what do you desire? What is your ultimate goal in life?
For those who experienced love in early stages of their lives, their desires could be towards more subtle things deemed as the norm – finding satisfaction in money, women, cars, houses…
‘Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.’
1 John 2:15-16 KJV
It’s easy to love the things of the world because essentially we need certain things to survive. But Jesus says,
‘…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.’
Matthew 22:37-38 KJV
This verse is literally what is says. To Love God with EVERYTHING! With all of you, no boundaries.
So how exactly do i do this?
God’s Love for us is shown in him sending his only Son to die for our sins (1 john 4:10, John 3:16, Romans 5:8).
You can’t say you love God and do nothing for God. It’s this simple. Love gives back. Love is about doing. Its love that leads missionaries to lay down their lives for the sake of the gospel, its love that drives people to sacrifice their dreams and plans for the sake of pleasing God. It’s all Love – love causes you to do! It isn’t stagnant. An individual that truly loves God will say I have to give up pornography, I have to give up fornication, and I have to give up this TV show because it isn’t pleasing to God.
‘If ye love me, keep my commandments.’ John 14:15
When you love someone you want to do everything to please that person, to make that person happy with you. This is Love – Love drives you to do. And Jesus clearly states
‘He that hath my commandments, and KEEPETH them, he it is that loveth me:’
John 14:21 KJV
Whoever KEEPS! There’s a difference between knowing God’s commandments and actually keeping and doing them. The psalmist says “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 KJV
This is Love! I have hidden your words in my heart, meditated on them so that I may always please you, always love you.
Love is a constant cycle of action. When we obey God’s commandments it’s an affirmation of our love and God acts on this by rewarding us even more.
The Bible says,
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 KJV
He is truly an AMAZING and LOVING God!
But God already loves me anyway right?
…If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.’ John 14:23 KJV
If you’re like me reading this scripture; you might question ‘hmm okay so does that mean God doesn’t love me if I don’t keep his words and obey him? But the bible says God loves us even when were sinners, so what does this mean?’
The first time I ever studied this scripture that was the first question that popped in my mind. I was trying so hard to ignore the question, I just wanted to run with ‘yea if I obey God he’ll abide with me.’
But it was a nagging question that thankfully the Holy Spirit answered. With any parent and child relationship there’s love. The parent loves the child unquestionably. However, this doesn’t mean that the parent is pleased with the child, but the love is still there.
On the other hand when that child pleases the parent they love the child even more and want to bless that child even more. Reflect on your relationship with people you see as a parent or father figure. When you do well in an exam or make them proud in some shape or form. They boast about you! They shower you with love and gifts.
This is the same with God. When we obey his commandments – he blesses us, loves us and gives us more of him.
Hence there’s no questioning that God loves us, but when we love God he abides with us. You only spend time with someone who also loves you, so as you love God more he reveals more of himself to you and with this also comes blessings.
I don’t love God.
For certain believers this is the hardest but truest statement. I’ve personally been there a lot of times.
If you’re a Christian that evangelizes, counsels and constantly raises the banner of ‘for God so loved the world’; ask yourself if you truly believe that God doesn’t just love the world but loves YOU. You as a person, you with all your flaws.
Jesus says in John 15:9 ‘As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you’. Do you personally believe this?
If you don’t – if you don’t have that personal conviction, that personal revelation that God loves ‘ME’ then you can’t love God. For some, you’re used to feeling and seeing the object of your affections, so although you are a solid Christian, your relationship with God is very shallow and insubstantial as you constantly wait for God to appear to you and prove that he is real.
But the bible says ‘without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is….’ (Hebrews 11:6)
Christianity cannot be forced. Love can’t be forced. Earlier on in my Christian walk I realized I didn’t love God because I felt unlovable – I couldn’t fathom the idea that someone sent his only SON to die for me. It sounded too good to be true. But it’s exactly what it is! It’s too good! But, it is the truth. His love is undeserving, immeasurable and completely incomprehensible. So here’s a prayer for you.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19 KJV
For the Holy Spirit to reveal unto us the unfathomable Love of Christ. This is a continuous prayer for everyone, for those who have grasped the Love of God and for those who are still on that journey. Our hearts are prone to wander and desire other things. Christianity is a relationship. May we be rooted and grounded in our love for God and may he give us grace and strength in the inner man that we may continually obey his commandments.
This is our goal – to love God wholeheartedly, constantly, till we finish the good race and dwell with HIM in eternity.
FYS, Teni x