God loves us: not because we are lovable but because He is love. C.S Lewis
There is a huge difference between your love for God and the love of God for you.
You can’t love God if you don’t know His love for you.
Christ said the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, might and soul.
I challenge you to find someone who does this every day and every time in their life.
You won’t find one. Because it is only our Lord Jesus Christ who ever loved God in such a way.
Christ Jesus’ response to the greatest commandment question was His response to a Pharisee.
And this response was from the Law of Moses in Deuteronomy 6:5
If our Lord Jesus Christ quoted this verse verbatim, does it mean you have to seek the love for God with all your heart, body and soul or is there more to it?
There is more.
And the apostle of love made this point very clear in 1 John 3:23. He said…
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and love your neighbour as yourself.”
Did you see what I showed you above?
Let me run through it one more time;
Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Mathew 22:37-39 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ The Lord Jesus quotes this verse in response to a question from a religious leader;
Then the apostle of love concludes it by saying in 1 John 3:23;
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
Apostle John replaced loving God with all your heart, body and soul with believing Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour.
The Love for God is believing Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour. This is so because…
Our Lord Jesus Christ knew no man could fulfil the greatest commandment.
So He did it for you. When you believe His substitutionary work for you on the cross, you prove your love for God.
So you see, your love for God is akin to believing Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour.
This is the only proof of your love for God. Any other thing you do comes from knowing His love for you through Christ Jesus.
It is important you understand that you can’t love God as you should if you don’t know how much he loves you first.
Nowadays people emphasise the need to love God and prove your Love by what you do.
This is very good.
But the problem with this teaching is that it doesn’t emphasise God’s love for you in the first place.
You can’t give what you don’t have.
If you don’t receive God’s love for you, you won’t be able to reciprocate with your love for Him.
Proving your love for God has never been this simple.
It is no longer in rituals and a form of living.
Your love for God is in believing Jesus Christ as Lord.
When you know how much He loves you, it affects the way you live. You will do things to glorify His name.
The beauty of believing God’s love for you through Christ is that it opens you to extend God’s love to other people.
So if you are struggling with love for God or love for people, it is because you have not received the love of God for you.
One reason why you can struggle with receiving God’s love for you is that you might have a work mentality.
This mentality assumes there are things you have to do before God can love you.
It also assumes that God can withdraw His love from you if you don’t measure up to His standards.
Both assertions are wrong.
Even Abraham, the father of faith did not find justification by what he did. Here is how the apostle Paul puts it in Romans 4:1-5 NKJV…
What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
From Abraham’s life you can see that the Father’s love, justification and blessing is unconditional.
The Father’s love to you and for you is unconditional.
That means you don’t deserve it and you will never lose it.
God loves you: not because you are loveable but because He is love.
Again the apostle Paul puts God’s unconditional love this way…
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NKJV
Now you see your love for God is birthed and sustained in your revelation and understanding of how much He loves you.
Desist from the work mentality that suggests you have to earn God’s love…
And the never-ending toil to ensure God doesn’t withdraw His love from you.
The only reason the Father loves you is – Jesus Christ. And He doesn’t plan to change that.
Live in the freedom of knowing are your loved!
Thank you for reading!
Originally published in Parrot Content.