[Note: We are learning how to really live together. This isn’t an instruction guide. The posts in this series are my open journal. Please include your thoughts in the comments. Let’s find out together how to really live!]
I have one son.
He is my husband’s father’s namesake.
He is the only Welch that will carry on our family name. So much is wrapped up in this one little boy.
I would die for him.
Because I love him.
I think of another Son. An only, too.
And His father who looked upon Him and loved Him, had dreams and plans. But the story is different.
This Father sent His only Son to die for me. He gave it all, for all.
Because He loves us.
Most days, at best, I give a little back to Him.
I throw a pathetic prayer His way, while I’m rushing to get to the next thing.
I hurry through stale Bible reading because, it too, is on the list. A duty that loses it’s meaning when it becomes dutiful.
And yet, I hunger because conquering the “to do list” never satisfies. To really know Him, to really love God.
How do I? In a world that calls just that desire, radical.
I have to start at the start.
The greatest command: “Love the Lord, Your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”-Matt. 22:37-38
I love love. I was one of those teenage girls who recorded love songs and slept with headphones on…dreaming of love. I wore my heart on my sleeve, drew puffy hearts on paper and yet never had a boyfriend my whole time in high school! I was an expert on love, but lived without being in it or even understanding that love equals sacrifice.
How does the Bible define love: God is love. In a supreme act of love, He sent His only Son to die for us, so that we might live. -I John 4:10
How do we love God who is love?
Because in loving The God Who Is Love, we bring glory to Him.
How to really love God:
- Recognize that God created all and is in all. He is in the falling rain. He is in the warm sun. He is in the valley and on the mountaintop. Acknowledge Him in the low and high places, journey with Him.
- Receive His deep and abiding love for you. (YOU). It’s not earned or rewarded. It’s freely given. And when we accept His simple, profound love, we want to return it to Him.
- Reserve time-don’t just carve out a space, don’t add Him to your life like a seasoning, make Him the main course. Build your life, dreams, home around Him. Make Jesus the central focus. Don’t spend dutiful time with Him, turn your heart towards Him out of relationship.
-Recognize Him in everything
-Receive His love for you
-Reserve time with Him
How do you really love God? Please share your thoughts, so we can learn how to really live together.
Next week, How to Really Love Others…