LOVING GOD – LOVING US

God is One. And God wants one thing from us more than anything else. To love Him.

God created us to be in an intimate love relationship with Him forever. It was broken by our sin. Yet, God’s love for us would not allow it to end that way. God gave His One and Only Son to save us – to save all who would believe. All because of God’s love for us. When we love God we are actually responding to the love that God has first poured out to us.

We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

Our active choice to love God needs to be a daily, intentional choice – an acknowledgement of and thankfulness for who our God is, for all that our God offers to us now and for eternity and for all that our God empowers us to do through His love.

Our God is the Creator of all the wonders and majesty of this universe – of all that we can see and know, of all that is yet unseen and unknown and of all that is far beyond our imagination. We live only by God’s loving decision. Our God is absolutely the sovereign One over all that exists, the sovereign, eternal One of all space and time.

And our God is Immanuel – God with us. Our God is intimate in His love for us, intimate in His knowledge of us, intimate in His presence with us. Our sovereign and intimate God is worthy and deserving of all our love, devotion and thankfulness.

God’s choice to sacrifice His Holy Son Jesus gives us an undeserved and unshakable eternal salvation. God’s love for us brings hope, peace, courage and joy to our lives. Trusting and obeying God’s Word – especially as we choose to actively and sincerely love others – are powerful, fruit-bearing, tangible demonstrations of our love for God.

“The most important commandment,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ ”                      – Mark 12:29-30

Loving God in these ways is worshiping our God “in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). When we love God in the Spirit and in truth, our lives are put into a deeper, sweeter, purer balance. We are given an increasingly mature and eternal perspective. We are held in God’s unfailing hope. We are protected by God’s transcending peace.

The act of loving our Holy God, to which all of us are called as His followers and children, actually brings God’s deepest, eternal blessings to us – to our hearts and our souls and our minds and our strength.

Loving our God truly is the very best thing we could ever do to love ourselves.