Love For God

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    Matthew 22:37 says, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

    Theological Reflection

    Love (agape) stands in close relation to concepts like faith (pistis), righteousness (dikaiosyne), and grace (charis), as all have a single point of origin in God.

    The nature of our relationship with God comes to life in loving God, and our neighbor.  Love here is intensely passionate; it is active. Affection and desire never stop pushing us toward God.

    In loving God, we are completely at rest, intensely satisfied and supremely content. Love for God does not change; it anchors us in the one whom we love.

    The heart that loves God knows nothing the can compare; love for God will surrender everything, and suffer anything to please and glorify Him. There is no love or hatted, hope or fear, desire nor delight but only as they relate to God and are regulated by Him.

    The soul that loves God is ready to give up life for his sake; it will endure torments, be deprived of all kinds of comforts rather than dishonor God.  Life and death are nothing, but as they come from and lead to God. They overcame through the blood of the Lamb, and loved not their lives unto the death (Revlations 12:11).

    The mind that loves God strives to know God and His holy will.  In submission and gratitude the mind seeks the truth as revealed by God. Every foolish and dangerous thought; any tendency that defiles the soul are banished.  The mind that loves God acknowledges him in all ways; all thoughts, words, and works glorify Him.

    Prayer

    Father, in the name of Jesus, “Every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Lord, you are our King, you are our Light, you are our Truth, you are our Lord, God Almighty.

    Lord we love you, Lord we praise you, Lord we worship you. You created in us our hearts, souls, and minds; you know more about us than we know about ourselves.  Please Lord, anoint our inner person, that that makes us human, to love you, love you, love you.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen