Love The Lord

And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these
words, which I command you this day, shall be in your
heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your
children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your
house, and when you walk by the way, and when you
lie down, and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)

Many people say they love the Lord, but how do we show our love? Love is not a passive word, it is an action word. Our love is shown by our actions. Think about it: how do we show our love for our spouse or our children? We show it by our actions, not just our words. We try to please them, we do things for them, we make them a priority, don't we? Merely saying "I love you" doesn't mean much if it's not expressed by action. Our actions prove the truth of our words.

Demonstrating our love is not just a one-time thing.: we can't do something once and expect it to last. Love is a day-to-day committment. It doesn't come and go. Anything that is for the moment only is not really love. Love is not always a mountain-top experience, either. There are always peaks and valleys, but love stands fast through them all.

The same is true with our relationship with God. Our actions, day in and day out, prove our love for Him. Merely saying we love the Lord is one thing, but the proof is in what we actually do, not what we say. It is a day-to-day committment, expressed by our actions. Loving God is not just the mountain-top feeling we have when we first experience His gift of salvation; it isn't just a momentary emotion. Just as our love for our family is shown by our actions, so is our love for the Lord. Loving the Lord is walking with Him through the ups and downs of daily life, day in and day out, doing what makes Him happy, and making Him our priority.

In light of this, how do we demonstrate our love for God by our actions? What should we be doing on a daily basis to show that our love is more than just empty words? As always, God's own Word, the Holy Bible, has all the answers we need. We show our love for the Lord when we:

  1. Love Others. Jesus taught us that loving God is the most important thing we can do, and that loving God must include loving others who are also made in His image. Loving others includes not just our family and friends, it means extending love even to our enemies! Jesus made all this perfectly clear when He said these things:
    Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God
    with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
    your mind. This is the first and great commandment.
    And the second is like unto it, You shall love your
    neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments
    hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)

    A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one
    another; as I have loved you, that you also love one
    another. By this shall all men know that you are my
    disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)

    But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies,
    do good to them which hate you, Bless them that
    curse you, and pray for them which despitefully
    use you. For if you love only them which love you,
    what good is that? For even sinners also love those
    that love them. (Luke 6:27-28, 32)
  2. Read the Bible. The Holy Bible contains all we ever need to know, about God, His will, and His ways. How can we possibly even know what pleases God, unless we read His word daily? How can we expect to know what God would have us do, unless we immerse ourselves in the Scriptures? A cursory glance through the pages of the Bible won't reveal much. I always say Bible study is like a bank account: If you don't put much into it, you won't get much out of it. It is only by throroughly studying the Holy Bible that we learn the heart of God and His will for our lives.
    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a
    workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
    rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15)

    Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a
    light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)

    Sanctify them through Thy truth:
    Thy word is truth. John 17:17

  3. Obey God's commandments. Or, as James put it, don't just hear the truth, but put it into action! Merely knowing what the Bible says is useless unless we apply it in our daily lifes. Every single day, not just when it is easy and convenient.
    But be you doers of the word, and not hearers
    only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)

    If you love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

    He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them,
    he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be l
    oved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest
    myself to him. (John 14:21)

    If you keep my commandments, you shall abide
    in my love; even as I have kept my Father's
    commandments, and abide in his love. (John 15:10)

    And by this we know that we know Him, if we
    keep His commandments. He that says, I know
    Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a
    liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3-4)

    Blessed are they that do his commandments, that
    they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter
    in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)
  4. Pray without ceasing. Reading the Bible is allowing God to speak to us; prayer is us speaking to God. Any conversation has to be a two way street, one person cannot do all the talking. We are to pray always, about everything, with a clean and thankful heart. And we have to understand that praying isn't about getting God to do what we want, it is about sharing our concerns and needs with Him and then seeking what He wants!
    Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

    The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous
    man availeth much. (James 5:16b)

    The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination
    to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is
    His delight. (Proverbs 15:8)

    The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth
    the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)

    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by
    prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
    let your requests be made known unto God.
    (Philippians 4:6)
  5. Teach Others. Teaching others what God has taught us is imperative if we want to show our love for the Lord. We are to begin with those closest to us, and those we have the greatest influence on, our families. From there we spread out to our churches, our communities, and the rest of the world. The importance God gives to teaching others is seen in the fact that it was one of the things God spoke through Moses when He gave the Ten Commandments, as well as the last thing Jesus instructed before He left this earth to return to His Father.
    And these words, which I command thee this day,
    shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them
    diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them
    when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou
    walkest by the way, and when thou liest down,
    and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
    them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
    and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe
    all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
    and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end
    of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20)
  6. Give Generously. It is a fact that God does not bless us with anything, be it money, time, or talent, for our own sake only. Every thing we have is given to us to bless others as well. It is also a fact that when we bless others with our time, talents, or material blessings, God blesses us even more in turn. We cannot out-give God! In fact, this area of giving is the only thing God ever actually told His people to test Him about - and He promised to give back even more abundantly! So giving generously, and with a happy heart, is one more way we demonstrate our love for the Lord.
    Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse,
    that there may be meat in my house, and
    prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of
    hosts, if I will not open you the windows of
    heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that
    there shall not be room enough to receive it.
    (Malachi 3:10)

    But this I say, He which sows sparingly
    shall also reap sparingly; and he which
    sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.
    Every man according as he purposes in
    his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or
    of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
    And God is able to make all grace abound
    toward you; that you, always having all
    sufficiency in all things, may abound to
    every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

    Give, and it shall be given unto you; good
    measure, pressed down, shaken together,
    and running over, shall men give into your
    bosom. For with the same measure that
    you measure out, it shall be measured
    to you again. (Luke 6:38)
  7. Serve Others. Jesus set for us the perfect example of servanthood. Even being the Son Of God, He demonstrated His love for His Father, by humbling Himself to serve others. If we truly want to demonstrate ou love for the Lord, we must follow His example of humility and service to others.
    And whosoever will be chief among you, let him
    be your servant: Even as the Son of man came
    not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to
    give His life a ransom for many. (Matt. 20:27-28)

    And He sat down, and called the twelve, and said
    unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same
    shall be last of all, and servant of all. (Mark 9:35)

    Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
    Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to
    be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation,
    and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made
    in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a
    man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto
    death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)

We've all heard it said that talk is cheap. Saying that we love the Lord without demonstrating our love is a cheap imitation of the loving relationship that God wants to have with us. The more we demonstrate our love for Him, the stronger our relationship grows, the more His peace and joy fill our hearts, and the more He blesses us. We are the ones to benefit the most when we put our love for the Lord into action!

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