In church today we were told to love God. But how do we do that? Maybe I Corinthians 13, the love chapter, has some advice. Well, here’s a summary of the apostle’s list of Do’s-and-Don’ts of love:
Love is: patient and kind
Love isn’t: jealous, boastful, proud, irritable, selfish, or rude.
Love doesn’t: keep a record of wrongs or rejoice in wrongdoing
Love does: rejoice when truth wins out.
But is this list about my relationship with God or others? The commentaries agree that the attributes described here deal primarily with our horizontal relationships (others) more than our vertical relationship with God.
Then we come to verse 7: Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
So I do show my love for God by not giving up on Him and even praising Him when life turns sour. But I also love him when I practice these things in my other relationships by remaining positive, hopeful and encouraging even when life gets rough. In fact, can’t I also show positive regard and love for myself also, by not beating up on myself when I fail?
The point is, I show my love for God directly through meditating on Him, trusting him, and by praying to Him, by my Adorations, Confessions, Thanksgivings and Supplications (ACTS). But I show my love for him also by treating and loving the others in my life as He commands.
In fact, Jesus was very clear that it isn’t our prayers or worship of God that witnesses to the world. Rather,. Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other.” John 13:35
The apostle John drives that point home in his letters. For instance: “How can I say I love God, whom I can’t see, if I don’t love my Christian family whom I can see? 1 John 4:8