Your Love For God

Dare we talk about your love and my love for God? Is that an inquiry into an inner sanctum even you or I don't want to explore too closely? I feel it is a must if we want to spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. How do you feel about it?  The idea of renewing our mind and allowing God to conform us to His image, paying tithes, etc. doesn't sound like fun and most just don't want to do that. After all, most preachers today don't tell us we have to do that.

We all know the Bible says how much God loves us. John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world (humans), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And Romans 5:8 tells us that God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. The blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross is proof of God's love for us. What I want to talk about in this message is your love and my love for God. What is proof of our love for Him?

One of the things that tells God we love Him is, we keep His commandments (John 14:15) and in the same book and chapter, verse 23, Jesus said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words..." And He goes on to say that if a man loves Him and keeps His words then His Father (God) would love him and they would come and make their abode with that man or woman. Sounds good to me. Surely, it is not difficult to love someone who would die in our place and that is exactly what Jesus did. The human race was destined for hell because of their treason in the Garden of Eden. God sent Jesus to do a job and He did it exceptionally well.

If we are to keep God's commandments, we must know what they are. The very first and greatest one is found in Matt. 22:37, Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27 which all say, "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; ..."

Does God really expect us to love Him that much? Yes, I believe He does. That means your love and my love for Him exceeds the love we might have for anything else.  Nothing, absolutely nothing, takes the place God reserves for Himself and His Son, Jesus.. Not our spouse, our children, our careers or anything else we might hold dear.  God will not accept second, third or fourth place in our heart.

Does that sound a little too much for God to ask or expect?  Well, if you or I had hung on a cross and shed our blood for mankind, how would we feel and what would we expect?  I would add here that Jesus did this for a human race that hated Him.

The second commandment God expects us to honor is found eight times in the Bible.  Leviticus 19:18, Matt. 19:19; 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Rom. 13:9, Gal. 5:14 and James 2:8 all say, "...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."  Boy, that's a hard one.  How does God expect us to love the unloveable?  The same way He loves us.  Sometimes, even Christians are unloveable.  Let me explain.  We don't have to love a persons personality, the way they talk or how they act.  We do have to love their spirit and want them to be saved and spend eternity in heaven.  These two commandments must be very important, for God placed them side by side at the top of His list.  Does that say anything to us?  It should.  

John 13:34, 15:12, and 15:17 all say, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you,..."  

Mark 12:32-33 says, "And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."  

According to Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, note c, on the above scripture says, "When man gets to this degree of understanding Bible religion, he will not pay so much attention to formality, rituals, and outward show in worship."  

I believe the above scripture is talking about a total commitment to Jesus.  A commitment that places Him at the top of our list.  A commitment that allows God to try our hearts.  A commitment that gives God permission to do with us whatever it takes to conform us to the image of Jesus. When we can do that we will begin to grow spiritually.  We will approach a measure of spiritual maturity that few ever achieve. 

When we can do this, we understand the scripture that says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Or them who are fitting into His plan.

Now we can look forward to what God has reserved for us.  Scripture says in First Corinthians 2:9, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

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