How to Love God

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

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3 thoughts on “How to Love God

  1. John 14;15 says If ye love me, keep my commandments. And john 15;10 says If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

    This is another way we love God by being obedient to his law. If love someone you wont steal from them, lie to them as a cheater would, kill them as jealous person would. When we learn to obey his law we will learn to love God and man

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    • Thank you for your comment. As we read on we find in John 15:12 Jesus precise commandment. It’s a higher love than the commandment through Moses to love our neighbor as ourselves. His command is to love as He loved us, who lay down his life for us. It’s the sacrificial love a good husband shows his wife. He loves her sacrificially as Jesus loved us. It is family love, like a mother for her child, who will die for him. Jesus doesn’t tell us to lay down our life(psuche or soul) for the neighbor, but for brothers and sisters in the faith. This love models and witnesses to the world that we are his disciples.

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  2. Brother or Sister in the Faith, Lets us remember what the scriptures teaches. The commandment were written with God’s own fingers(Ex31V18;32V16&34V1). It is his law, not Moses. The law is real and is abiding today. The law is love for it is the reflection on God’s own character. The love Christ is speaking about in verse 12 does not relieve us of the duty of Keeping the commandment, But it is the commandment in action. read Romans 13V8-11. verse 12 of John 15 is simply speaking of the principal that the law teaches which is love for man and God. makes sense?

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