Posted by: amechad1 | June 22, 2010

Do we love G-d? How do we demonstrate that love?

We can SAY we love G-d, but do we TRULY LOVE HIM?  If so, how do we demonstrate that love in our daily lives?

Thruout the Scripture, love for G-d is bound up with obeying His command and walking in His ways.  (Dt 7:9, 10:12, 11:1, 11:12, 30:16, Josh 22:5, Neh 1:5, John 13, 14 & 15, 1 John 2:2-3, 2 John 1:6)  He says over and over that love for Him is shown thru keeping His commands.  Jesus said “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15, 21, 23-24, 15:10)  In Matthew chapter 5, He says to us:

17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Another way we can show love for G-d is to love our brothers.  (1 John 4:7-5:3)  Jesus taught us that the way the world would KNOW we are His is by our love for one another.  (John 13:35)  He said:  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)  But was it REALLY a new command?  The command to love has been at the root of showing G-d’s love since the beginning.  Why were we told to “love your neighbor as yourself (Lev:19:18)?  Because “I am the LORD your God.”  This is repeated over and over as the reason we are to love one another, give to the poor, the widow and the fatherless (or allow the poor to gather in dignity), etc. etc. (Lev 19)  These are all ways of being holy, as the L-rd, our G-d, is holy.

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  1. The people I know are always wanting to know how to apply God’s word to their lives.

    They think knowledge of the Scriptures is too esoteric. You can’t love God through obedience if you don’t know God’s commands.

    They want to do anything but show love for God by obeying His commandments. I don’t know why. Perhaps the concept is too simplistic or they think it’s being legalistic. This really frustrates me. I want them to get past it.

    Perhaps they think their application has to always affect others.


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