Love God… “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”. Deuteronomy 6:5
It flows from our lips in praise and worship and from a heart of gratitude. Why do we love God? We love Him because we long to obey our Creator. Why do we love God? We love Him because we want to love the One who loves us. His love is irresistible. Like a child responds to a parent’s love, so we long to love our Lord. God created us to love. So to love begins by first loving Him. Your love for others flows from your love for God.
How do you love the Lord? First you give over every thing to Him. “They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will” (2 Corinthians 8:5b). He desires all of you. This is the Lord’s love language. Specifically you give your heart, mind, will, emotions and spirit to God. Because you love Him, you can trust Him.
You trust Him with your relationships, money, health, career, children and future. When you give Him your worship and praise, you love Him. When you give to others, you love Him. When you give Him credit for your successes in life, you love Him. Love leads to giving. Your gifts to God invite others who want to understand God’s gift of grace.
Indeed, your love of God is a catalyst to draw others to Him. Your love of God solicits questions from a searching world. Questions like, “Why do you love so purely and passionately?” or “Why is your God worthy of such adoration and gratitude?” Then you can let them in on your Savior’s secret. You are able to love Him, because He first loved you. Loving God is job one for the follower of Christ. He expects it and He deserves it. “Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love” (Ephesians 6:4). Do I allow my Heavenly Father to love me thoroughly, so I can love others unconditionally?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
November 28, 2022
“The Holy Spirit instructs us on how to run our race with God, while Jesus inspires us by modeling the way.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 28, 2022 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They [...]
November 27, 2022
“Where God rules, peace reigns.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 27, 2022 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 This week as a friend and I were talking, she shared about her struggle with worry. “It’s something I pick [...]
November 26, 2022
“The more we celebrate and embrace this multi-faceted view of salvation, the more glorious Christ will be in our hearts and in our lives.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 26, 2022 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having [...]