Why should we love God? Because God is our Creator, our Provider, our Savior, our Protector, our Everything Omnipotent.
Why should we love God? Because He loves us very much. Because He continuously lavishes us with innumerable blessings and graces…
Loving God – the Christian Ideal And God wants to make LOVING HIM as our HIGHEST IDEAL. Loving Him with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our minds and with all our strengths, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. This is the total Commandment for His Love.
Loving God – the Christian Ideal What it means … To Love God with all our heart
To Love God with all our heartsWhat it means…To Love God with all our heartFirst, Putting God first in our lives.Deut. 26: 2-11. “I shall bring you the first fruits of the products of the soil which You, Oh Lord have given me…”
To Love God with all our heartsWhat it means…..To Love God with all our heartSecond… We must be obedient.• Jn 14:15, “...If you love me, you will obey my commandments…”
To Love God with all our hearts And what it means… To Love God with all our heartsThird…We must have that Burning Desire toDevelop a Personal Relationship with GodHimself, His Son and the Holy Spirit.1 Cor 3:16 ‘Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?’1 Cor 6:19 ‘Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? ’
Loving God – the Christian Ideal What it means… To Love God with all our hearts and minds
To Love God with all our mindWhat it means…To Love God with all our hearts and mindsAlways keep your heart and mind clean and holy...1. Guard your heart and mind with all diligence.
To Love God with all our mindWhat it means…To Love God with all our mind2. Use your heart and mind according to God’s truth and not according to the immodest or flashy ways of the world.
To Love God with all our mindWhat it means…To Love God with all our mind 3. Let your heart and mind be preoccupied with things of God. Use your heart and mind actively for God’s sole purpose which is all about Love.
Loving God – the Christian Ideal What it means… To Love God with All Our Strength
What it means… To Love God with all our strength 1 John 3:18… Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. We have to love God with our resources, our abilities and our time. To fully love Him with what we find our HANDS to do, our EYES to see, our EARS to hear, our FEET to go and our MOUTHS to speak.
What it means…To Love God with all our strength1. Love Him with what we find our hands to do. We are able to serve the Lord diligently being His hands extended in our world by giving a cup of cold water to those in need. Feeding the poor. Laying hands on the sick. Lifting our hands in worship. Playing an instrument. Writing an article. Working with excellence. The list can go on and on. Our hands can serve a major purpose in loving God with all our strengths.
What it means…To Love God with all our strength2. Love Him with our eyes and what we see The eyes are the gateway to the heart. We are made to gaze on God’s beauty (Ps. 27:4), We are made to fix our eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). Our eyes come in contact with so much every day and we should see things the way it pleases God. In that way, we become what we behold.
What it means…To Love God with all our strength Let us imitate Mother Teresa, the lady who sees Christ in every person she encounters. She brought to the world a great and living lesson in joyful and selfless love.
What it means…To Love God with all our strength3. Love God with our ears to hear. Jesus said many times, “if anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” What Jesus is saying is, listen to be transformed. Listen to be changed. When we gain access to God’s voice we are loving Him well. We need to listen to others share their story, listen to their thoughts and hear their pain. But we have to walk away from gossip, slander, backbiting and negative discussions.
What it means…To Love God with all our strength3. Love God with our feet to go. Where our feet take us on the journey in life says a lot about how we love the Lord. Jesus laid it out when he said to “go and make disciples”(Matt. 28:19). The great commission is all about going. Let our feet be led by the Spirit into amazing places and divine opportunities. When we go and serve, go to church, go to a friend in need, go the extra mile, go make a difference, we are loving God with all our strength.
What it means…To Love God with all our strength3. Love God with our mouth to speak. May the words we say bring glory to the Lord. When we edify, encourage, comfort, honor, support and bring life (Prov. 18:21) to others we create access for them to discover God’s kindness. We get to love Him by declaring praise and worship to the Lord. Also, when we boldly share our faith with others (Eph. 6:19) and bring them into a relationship with, and when we instruct, coach and counsel others, it all counts in loving the Lord with all our strength.
Above all, JESUS is our Model in Loving God… Jesus dedicated His life to accomplish His mission. And He was obedient to sacrifice Himself unto death to save mankind. Jesus spread the good word and His Father’s love.