Do You Love Him?
Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
To start out the month of February I want to discuss love, but more specifically the love you have for God. I think a lot of us say we love God and I’m sure deep down we feel that we do, however when we continue to sin against God and disappoint Him it’s hard for me to believe that we truly love Him with our whole heart. We all know how awesome God is and how much grace He shows us daily, but when it comes time to give him genuine reverence, we fall short. I want to challenge you to do a heart check and ask yourself “Do I really love Him?”
I think it’s important to understand that because of man’s fallen nature it is impossible to love God with all of your heart, soul, and strength 24 hours a day. I know that seems hopeless but I assure that it’s not. Without the cleansing of our sins and the presence of the Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts, loving God to any degree would be impossible. BUT, as believers and as Christians, we have been cleansed from sin and we do have the Holy Spirit. You begin to love God the way you should by asking God to help you in areas where you don’t love Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. It’s His power that we need to do the impossible, and we begin by seeking and appropriating that power.
I feel that in a lot of cases, our love and affection for God grows more intense as time goes by. As a newly saved woman for example you are very much aware of the love of God and the love He has for you. You’re a brand new transformed person who thirsts for God and all that He has for you. It’s through the witness of God’s faithfulness during times of struggle and trial that a deep love for God grows and grows. But, it’s hard to love someone that you do not know. A lot of us know church, but we don’t know God. Knowing God should be our first priority to loving Him. Those who pursue God and his righteousness, who take seriously the command to love Him above all else, are those who are consumed with the things of God. They are eager to study God’s Word, eager to pray, eager to obey and honor God in all things, and eager to share Jesus Christ with others. Do you love Him?