The bible talks a lot about the love of God towards us and the benefits we receive as a result of that love. But how much does it speak about the love that we have towards God and how to love Him in return? Quite a lot, actually. The bible says that we love God when we do what He says. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21) Jesus said that when we keep his commandments, we love Him. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) We can give all the lip service we want to about loving God, but if we do not do what He says, we do not truly love Him.
And we do not know Him if we do not do what He says, either. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” (1 John 2:3-5) The love of God is perfected in our hearts as we keep His Word and are obedient to Him.
When King Saul only partially obeyed the commandment of the Lord, it cost him the kingdom. For to God “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1 Sam.15:22b) The prophet Samuel said to Saul, “Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.” (1 Sam. 13:13,14)
The children of Israel were an example of one giving lip service to God, rather than loving Him with the whole heart. “Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.” (Ps.78:36,37) They said with their mouths that they loved God, yet they did not keep His commandments and went in their own ways.
The Lord does not want us to simply love Him with our mouths. Jesus said this about this generation, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Matt.15:8) Let us not be one of those people. Let us love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, as is the first and greatest commandment, as Jesus has said. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30)
It is very easy to prove whether you love the Lord or not. If you are keeping His commandments, you are loving Him. Jesus said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15:10) We dwell in (abide) the love of Christ by keeping his commands. It’s as simple as that. ” As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” (John 15:9) Let us continue in the love of Jesus Christ. Let us love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, mind, and strength.
God loved us enough to give His only begotten Son to die for us, that we might live. What do we love God enough to do? Ask yourself that question. And ask yourself if you truly love God at all. If you are doing what He commanded you to do in His Word, you can answer unequivoally, “Yes, I do.” But if you are not obeying God, your love for Him is suspect. I encourage you to examine your heart.
Loving God is an action. Let’s get into action and love our God.