How much do you love God?
Falling in love with God very often we have heard of how much God Loves us, in our Sunday mass or in retreats, everywhere we go we hear a preacher telling us of how much God loves each one of us. Today I want to ask you HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE GOD? The very reason why God created us was to love Him. He created us so that He could love us and we could love Him, thus building up a wonderful love relationship. Is this not what Christianity is all about? Yes! This is Christianity, which is why we are likened to the bride and God bridegroom, the two coming together, then the marriage fest and finally banquet. This is what God bridegroom, two coming together, then the marriage fest and finally the banquet. This is what God ordained for each one of us.
Deut 6:5 you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. This is the first and the greatest commandment. In the Gospel of Mathew (Mt.22: 36-38) when Jesus was asked by the Pharisees which commandment in the law was the greatest then Jesus answered and said to them, You shall love the Lord, Your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and all with all your mind. In other words what Jesus is saying is you need to Love the Lord with your whole being.
Today my friends are we really making a conscious effort to fall in love with God, or are we taking Gods love and our walk with God for granted? Are we taking the great sacrifice for granted? Are we taking our salvation for granted? God proved His love for us by sending Jesus to die for us while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8). He did not ask us to change first then die for us but gave us His life unconditionally for you and for me. Can we take this for granted? How have we reciprocated this great love? What is God asking of us? See Deut10: 12 And now Israel (put your name here) what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord, and follow his ways exactly, to Love and serve the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul. Is this too much to ask?
Friends we cannot build a relationship without love. When a couple come together they first fall in love with each other then as this love grows they begin to grow closer to each other thus building a relationship, when this relationship is built they decide to get married, in other words they decide to give themselves to each other totally and completely. This is what God is expecting from you and me, this is Christianity my friends. Satan does not mind us being lukewarm Christians. He does not mind us praying once in a while, he does not mind us going to church, he does not mind us getting busy in ministry, but what he really cant stand is we falling in love with God and building up a relationship.
I am sure my friends that many of us Love the Lord, our God, but today we need to check and see how much do we love this God of ours, is it with all our hearts, our minds, our strength, or is our love for Him limited and conditional? Do we love Him so much as to put Him first in our lives or do other people or things come before God. Mathew 10:37 say Any one who loves mother, father, son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. What is Jesus trying to say? He is not telling you to hate your father, mother, son or daughter No! No! not at all, what Jesus is trying to say is you need to love me so much as to put me first in your life, all other friendships or relationships must come after the Lord, our God. Very often as we go around preaching we see people put other people, things or even their jobs before the Lord. Very often when we ask people to spend time in personnel prayer or Bible study the most common excuse is we do not have time, but amazingly the same people have time for everything else like eating, drinking, watching TV, going out for dinners or partys, spend long hours sleeping, spend much time in the toilet and in bathing, but they dont have time only for prayer (God), then what kind of love is this? Here I would like to once again refer to a couple in love, with what eagerness they wait to meet each other, if they are supposed to meet at a particular time they would be there earlier, no friends, no work, no engagements will come in the way, further the time they spend together if never sufficient. Do we love the Lord our God like this or has meeting with the Lord become a boring affair, are we making excuses, if yes then we need to check and see what is happening to our relationship with God.
Today many people tell us that they do not experience the love of God. How can we experience the love of God when we ourselves are not making an effort to fall in love with Him? It is not that God does not love us or loves us less No Gods love is always constant and nothing in this whole wide world can change His love for us, but when we do not make an effort to reciprocate this love we begin to feel like God does not love us, or God has forsaken us, especially when we ask for something and do not get it, or when some one in the family falls seriously ill, or when a loved one passes on, or when we are having a difficult time, but Jesus says in John 10:10 I came so that they may have life and have it more abundantly. Yes my friends God wants to give us life in all its fullness, He wants to give us life in all its abundance, but we are not able to accept these promises of God because we are not in love with Him or in a relationship with Him.
We sometimes get so upbeat, worked up, depressed and sometimes frustrated with our problems, our sickness, financial difficulties etc. etc., but what we fail to realize is that in all this there is something good, there is something profitable as Paul writes in his letter to the Romans 8:28 We know that all things work for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Please note that this promise is especially made for those who love Him. In other words if we are making an effort to love the Lord, Our God then in every difficult situation we will be able to see the hand of God and His faithfulness thus making these situations not a burden but a blessing in our lives. My friends God wants to give us the best never the second best because He wants to see His children happy, which father would not want to see his children happy? God our father too wants to shower us with abundant blessings and gifts if only we are able to receive it. See what Paul writes about this in his first letter to the Corinthians 2:9 what eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart is what God has prepared for those who love Him. What does this mean? What Paul is saying is that God has such wonderful things in store for you that you could not have even imagined such things not even dreamt of such things but he also says that these wonderful things are for those who love Him.
In many places where we have preached retreats we see that many are weighed down by the effect of curses in their life. Yes this can be dealt with by healing the family tree (I can not go into details on this topic here but do read the teaching on curses and blessings which will appear in this section later). What I want to say here is that we need not suffer from the effect of curses nor do our children have to suffer all we need to do is to fall in love with the Lord, our God and all effect of the curse will be broken. See Exodus 20:6 and Deuteronomy 5:10 God is promising to bestow mercy down to the thousandth generation on the children of those who love Him and keep His commandments. Yes my friends if you today fall in love with the Lord your God then you can be sure that thousand generations after you will be blessed because you made an effort to fall in love with God.
Another difficulty in Christianity is keeping the commandments in John 14:15 Jesus says If you love me, you will keep my commandments, but for some it seems so difficult for others it seems impossible, but if you say that you love God then this should not be a problem because this is what love is all about, is it not? Children who love their parents keep the rules of the house or rather the rules laid down by the parents even though they may not really agree with those rules. A wife does not do what her husband would not like her doing not because she is afraid of him but because she loves him, similarly the husband would not do anything the wife would not like him doing not because he is scared of his wife but because he loves his wife. Therefore keeping to rules does not become difficult if you are in love. I know of people who have stopped smoking and drinking just because the girl they were in love with did not like it, I also know of many women who put in a lot of effort to learn cooking after they fell in love, but these same women did not even bother to learn cooking earlier, some of them even hated cooking, so you see when you are in love nothing is too difficult. A beautiful passage comes to my mind at this time it is 1 John 5: 3 that says, for the love of God is this that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome. Let me now give you some good news and that is if you keep the first and the greatest commandment you really dont have to worry about the other nine, you know why? Because when you love some one you really would not want to hurt them or do any thing that they would not like. So fall in love with the Lord our God and all other things will fall into place.
I am not saying that when we fall in love with God temptations will disappear no but what I am saying is that we will be able to resist the temptation, thus avoiding sin in our lives to a great extent, see what James has to say in his letter 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that He promised to those who love Him. I would like to draw our attention here to the crown of life if you notice this crown of life that we are waiting to receive is promised to those who love God. So we can see that there is much advantage in falling in Love with the Lord our God. Dear friends we can be sure that Heaven will be our home if we fall in love with God.
Jesus said in John 14:21b and whoever loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and reveal myself to him, is this not a blessing Jesus is promising to reveal himself to us if we fall in love with Him. Friends if today you are in need of anything, if you really need Gods provision in your life I would sincerely advise you to fall in love with God.
If this teaching has been a blessing to you please do let us know and tell others too to fall in love with God. May God bless you?
– Christopher Correya.