“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. and who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 4:3-5
Do you love God? How do you show it? How do you classify your love for God? Do you love Him only when you need something from Him? Is that even love? Do you love Him in church but then forget Him the rest of the week? Is that even love?
Im sure that if you asked every christian if they loved God they would immediately say yes. But im sure if you asked what the bible defines as loving God, most would not have a clue. I imagine that most would say, by being a good person. Being a good person has nothing to do with being a christian. It should be a result of ones walk with God but it isnt what we should be focused on! It isnt loving God.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments and that they are NOT burdensome! Are you keeping Gods commandments? Can you still say that you are truly loving God? How many sins are you rationalizing right now? I have several going through my head. No matter what my lips say, it is my heart that holds the truth to the love i have for God!
When we are living in sin, we are NOT loving God! It doesnt matter how good of a person you are, if you arent following the commandments of God than you arent loving Him! And if you arent loving Him you are missing out on all the greatness of the christian life! You arent experiencing the victory that is yours in Christ!
Gods love is not a pampering love, it is a perfecting love! He has given us His perfect word that has ALL the answers in it! It is the same yesterday, today and forever! There is no new thing going on for christians! God doesnt have a new plan! He has His word!
We are the sons and daughters of God! We have everything we need to live a great life and yet we choose to throw it out the window for sin?! We choose to love the world and not God! We choose death over life! We dont experience all that God has for us because our faith is weak and we arent following His commandments!
If you arent following Gods commandments then you arent loving God! Thats all there is to it! It doesnt matter what you say, or how much you praise Him at church, or how often you talk about Him, if you arent following His commandments then you arent loving Him! How much do you think God wants to do for children who dont love Him?
There is great victory in a life lived loving God by following His commandments! It isnt easy and one cant do it overnight but rather it is a difficult and narrow road that takes a life time to walk! But when we are on His road, He is with us! When we are following His commandments, He hears our prayers! When we are striving to live His commandments better each day, He pours out His blessings upon us!
You see, the choice is yours! You are the one who is in control of your relationship with God. You choose to love or you choose to not! Your actions, your decisions, your walk! If it isnt everything you want it to be it isnt Gods fault! Get off the road of the world and start doing the hard work of following the commandments of God. The more you do them the less burdensome they are! After awhile they arent a burden at all but rather a great refreshment!
God has great things for you but you need to choose Him, you need to love Him, you need to follow His commandments! He is not mocked, you cant say one thing with your mouth and do the opposite with your actions!
Jesus, thank you that the more i follow your word, the better my life gets! Help me to overcome my rationalizations! I want my life to be about you and not me! I have some struggles and i ask that you help me to find a way to overcome them! I dont want to miss out on any of the blessings that you have for me! I love you and i want to show it by following your commandments!