The Three Loves of a Disciple: Loving God

Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
As disciples of Christ we are called to love God with our heart mind and soul. That means loving God with everything within us. Loving God has a lot more to do with our hearts than just saying and declaring it. Many people today will confess how they love God and how God comes first in their life but truth be told when you look at their lifestyle, it tells a different story.
What then does it mean when one says that they love God?
John 14:15
If you love me you will keep my commandments
You cannot claim to love God and yet you do not love Jesus because they are one. You cannot claim to love Jesus on the other hand and yet you do not keep his commandments. This means that the individual who loves Jesus is one who loves the word of God because they are eager to demonstrate their love for Christ by obeying his commandments.
The other way we demonstrate our love for God is through our worship to him. The Bible says that God is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Matthew 15:8-9 NKJV
8 ‘These people [a]draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips. But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
Worship has less to do with what comes out of our mouths and more to do with the condition of our hearts. True worship is to treasure and value God above all else in your life. This is not only reflected in how we live our life but also in our personal time of devotion and when we gather together with other believers
1 John 4:20 NKJV
20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, [a]how can he love God whom he has not seen?
Loving others is also a huge demonstration of loving God, we will get into more focus on that in tomorrows devotion.
Reflective Thoughts
Would you say that you love God?
How do you demonstrate your love for God in your everyday life?