I love LOVE! There, I said it.
I especially love the idea of romantic love – I have since I can remember. I am a hopeless romantic.
But, since I surrendered my life to Christ, He has taught me that I don’t know anything about love. I thought it was something I was supposed to feel. An overwhelming, all-consuming emotion. It was supposed to make me happy and giddy and forever excited to see the person who was the object of my love.
While some of that isn’t totally inaccurate, it’s only one side of the story.
I have learned that a Christian’s love should focus on God above anyone or anything else; He is the primary object of our love.
We express our love for Him by being obedient to how He said to live and by demonstrating love to other people.
God is love; therefore, Christians are love.
Many would argue that Christians aren’t love. Some of the people you’ve met proclaiming to be Christians weren’t loving. I can’t and won’t dispute that. I’ve met plenty of people proclaiming to be Christians who didn’t act loving either. Heck! I proclaim to be a Christian but don’t always show love well.
God doesn’t call us to worry about those other people as much as He calls us to do better ourselves.
Loving others is our command, and we have to do better at it.
It seems like it would help if we focus on the right thing first: God.
How do we focus on God? How do we love God?
Scripture says we must be obedient to Him.
Jesus tells us plainly in scripture that if we love him, we will keep him commandments. (John 14:15).
Both practically – living them out – and conceptually – keeping our hearts and minds pure, too. (Matthew 5:27-28 gave an example of this).
Obviously, humans cannot do this on our own.
But it’s our purpose in life to keep our focus on God as much as we can. To pray to Him to help us focus on Him and to ask forgiveness when we don’t do it.
Keep His commandments.
Live like He told us to live.
Study the Bible.
Wait for His return.
Love other people.
This is what the Bible says about demonstrating our love for God.
But, exactly how do we do that?
I don’t know. We’ve got to talk to God it.
He’s given us the basics in His Word. He expects us to study it.
Then, we go to Him in prayer for the specifics – for how each individual person is to live out the commands.
It will look different for each person based on where you are in life right now.
He may ask you to be obedient by leaving a job.
…by starting a ministry.
…by befriending someone.
…by trusting Him with your finances.
…by seeking Him about your relationships.
…by helping someone you don’t know.
…by forgiving someone you don’t want to forgive.
…by sacrificing your time for someone else.
…by spending more time in prayer and Bible study.
…by taking on a new responsibility at church.
…by stepping out of a responsibility at church.
Only through time in prayer with God can you discover how He has ordained that you should obey Him and show Him love. Spend that time with Him and with His Word and find out what He has for you to do.