Love for God
Love For God
Mike JohnsonThe Bible teaches we are to love God. Matthew 22 reveals a case where some Pharisees were questioning Jesus. A scribe asked Him what the greatest commandment was. In verse 37, Jesus replied, “. . . Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” We must love God completely. Considering all God has done for us, and the great love He has for us, loving Him should not be difficult (Rom. 5:7-8, Jn. 3:16). Many people claim to love God. However, what does loving Him actually involve? I John 5:3 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome." True love for God is not a mere sentiment or an empty expression, but it is practical and involves obedience. Thus, the person who really loves God is the one who obeys His commandments. Jesus also expressed this idea in John 14:15 when He said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." Many people today say that they love God, but really do not as they do not keep His commandments. Do we really love God? We find the answer in the lives we live.