How Does One Love God?

Hollywood and what we call “romantic” literature, etc. have given us a concept of love that is woefully inadequate when we try to understand what it means to love God. When we truly love someone, we highly value them. However, that is also a completely inadequate understatement for loving others and especially God. We can only love someone when we know them. We get to know them by involvement with them. This is true of God. We can only get to know Him by what we are told by people who know Him and love Him. This is only an introductory phase. Then we get to know Him by spending much time with Him. We can only do this by spending much time in the place that He has chosen to reveal Himself. That place is in the pages of His Word. The first thing that we discover is that He loved us with a love so great that He sacrificed His Son to salvage us. No greater cost has ever been borne! When we begin to grasp the overwhelming immensity of that love, we reciprocate. “We love Him, because He first loved us” (I John 4:19). The next discovery is that He has a perfect plan for our lives. This plan is revealed in the Bible. Once we align with that plan, it begins to develop in detail in our daily experiences. We discover that His counsel is foolproof! “Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law; yea, I shall observe it with all my heart” (Psalm 119:34). Discovering that His counsel is absolutely right, the next component is: “If ye love Me, Keep My commandments” (John 14:15). This trust in His judgment, loving Him because of His great love, motivates willing and joyous obedience. Selah! “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” (From: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” By Isaac Watts). How could we not love God?    Ron

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