Before going to sleep last night, I picked up the Jesus Creed, and right away, it jumped into the topic I’ve been exploring – Learning to Love. At the center of the book is a Bible verse I learned as a kid.
“The Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31.
As an adult, this idea of loving God has become a bit more complicated.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m beginning to equate love with sacrifice. Right or wrong as it may be, I’m starting to realize that people’s love can be measured by their willingness to sacrifice for me – to go out of their way for me.
I guess it’s only fair that I hold myself to this same standard. Can God measure my love for Him by my willingness to sacrifice for Him – to be inconvenienced for Him? It really makes me pause and think, when was the last time I was inconvenienced for God?
A Waning Love
In all honesty, I can say that the intensity of my love for God has waned in the past few months. What was a roaring forest fire is now a glowing bonfire. Now it’s contained. It’s not out of control.
I want to get back to that place of loving God with ALL of my heart, my soul and my mind and my strength. Like any love relationship I know this grows through spending time together, through getting to know Him. On this quest to learn how to love, I want to let my love for God grow once again to be a blazing forest fire. I want to learn to love God with ALL my heart, my soul, my mind and my strength.
Addicted to Hearing from God
I’ve become addicted to hearing from God, from feeling and experiencing Him and knowing that He gets involved in the details of my story. The ways I do it are:
1. Listening for Silence: I’ve always found that the most effective time of day for me to have worship is early in the morning, while the rest of the house is asleep. I love to listen for the silence and then listen through the silence. I love to pray like Samuel and say, Speak Lord for your servant heareth.
2. Connecting through Music: Another way I like to connect with God is through music. Ever since I was introduced to this song, Come to Me by Bethel Music and Jenn Johnson, I’ve become attached to it. It has helped me feel the presence of God. It has helped me to love God. It has brought me closer to Him. What song speaks to you and brings you closer to God? Share with me below in the comments section?
3. Charting My Spiritual Growth: For me, charting my spiritual growth means praying, prayer journaling and reviewing. I love to see the journey that I’ve been on with God. I love reviewing answers to prayer and learning to see with God’s eyes. When I look back at where I’ve been, and put that into perspective with what God has done in my life, it helps me understand the meaning of the scripture that says, All things work together for good for them who love God and are called according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28) How do you love God? What ways do you use to connect with Him? Share with me below in the comments section!
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