Saturday, June 10, 2017

How Do You Love God?

How do we love God? In my previous blog, I wrote about loving God through obedience and worship: since then, I've been pondering the refrain from a popular song, "What is love".   As the refrain went over and over in my mind- I thought about applying a well known passage of scripture about love to loving God. 

            If I love God- I will be patient when things don’t happen when I want them to. I will trust His timing and His understanding of things that are outside my knowledge and experience.
           If I love God- I will be kind in my words and heart toward Him, His creation and His glory.  If it is not kind, I will not say it about myself or others.  I will not think unkind thoughts about my attributes or the way He has created someone because all people are created in His image.
          If I love God, I will not be envious of the gifts that He has given others, I will not wonder if He loves them more or doubt His goodness to me, my family members and friends.  
          If I love God, I will not boast or take glory in the things I own, have accomplished or achieved because everything I have – every relationship, experience, ability, opportunity, and asset is His. I have been entrusted with my kids, finances, writing ability, health, friends and everything else that I might boast about. I am like a steward was given five talents of gold and trusted to use it as the Master would have invested it.
          If I love God, I will not be arrogant in my interactions with His Word and His commands.  He is God and I am not- Why would I think it would be okay to ignore or make up what I believe rather than obeying what He says?
         If I love God, I will not be rude and act in an unbecoming way toward God and others that dishonors Him and His name, that treats Him and His Creation with disrespect.
         If I love God, I will not insist on my own way. I will trust that the Creator of this Universe and every cell in my body has a plan that is better than my short sighted and selfish plan. I will trust that God‘s way is better even if it doesn’t make sense to me.
         If I love God, I will not irritable or resentful when things don’t go my way, when He blesses other people and I seem to be suffering, when He takes forever to change horrible situations, when He seems to ignore injustice.
         If I love God, I will not rejoice at wrongdoing or getting away with something.  I will trust that He is not rejoicing at the wrong doing in our world but that His heart breaks for the sin and suffering that covers every inch of our world.
        If I love God, I will rejoice with the truth. I will take great joy in sharing the amazing Truth of Jesus Christ and rejoice as others share the truth.  I will trust that God is true and faithful, that He will do what He says, I will experience joy over and over as truth is experienced in every part of my life.
         If I love God, I will see how His Love bears all things, there was nothing that was too much for Him.  I will have confidence that His grace is sufficient in my weakness. He can carry every burden.
        If I love God, I will believe all of His Words and act on them. "All things are possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 
        If I love God, my hope will be in Him -  I will not put my hope in people, in the government, money or even myself.
        If I love God, I will see how much He endured for me and for every other person in the world. His love is steadfast and unfailing. It is dependable and strong.
       If I love God, my love for Him will never end.  It will not be contingent on what He does for me, my attitude, other people’s foolishness and I will trust that because His Love never ends, I will be with Him in eternity, embraced in the purest, Most Perfect Love for all eternity.

Let me know how you would rewrite this passage to show your love for God in the comments-  I can't wait to read it.  Thanks for sharing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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