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?
March 2, 2021
“Who is Jesus and who is He to me?” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 2, 2021 For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28 This morning I’ve been thinking about how so many of [...]
March 1, 2021
“The inoculation for isolation’s pain is to first totally trust the loving touch of Jesus.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 1, 2021 A man with leprosy came to Jesus, imploring Him and kneeling down, and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean. Moved with compassion, Jesus [...]
February 28, 2021
“Being in tune with the Lord on earth prepares us for what He has prepared for us in heaven.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 28, 2021 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 1:8 I am thinking about my mom this morning and [...]