Thursday, June 14, 2012

How to Love God

There's no use pretending I'm faithful about daily devotionals. As I sit here, trying to figure out how to say what I say down to say, I am newly aware that my love for God is more about actions than relationship. That's backwards and tragic, but not so uncommon.

Actually, relationships between humans can be this way, too. Have you ever started off doing something with someone because you really liked hanging out with them, but it eventually became a chore? Somewhere along the line, the relationship slid, and now you're just going through the motions.

When this happens in our relationship with God, the Christian life is no longer exciting and joyful; we're not growing and developing as Christians. Revelation 2:4-5 strikes a nerve, but it also offers the answer when it says, "But I have this complaint against you. You don't love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first." (NLT)

The first key, then, when when we find ourselves in this position is to turn back to God. Put the focus back on what it should be on: the relationship. After all, God does not love us for our actions. Romans 5:8 says, "our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies."

What are the works we did at first? When we first become Christians, don't we learn everything we can about God? Aren't we excited to spend time reading the Bible or listening to teachings? These things grow our relationship with God, and I believe that when we focus on that, the rest will follow because we are not the only ones who want our relationship with God to succeed; God wants it, too, or he wouldn't have sent Jesus.

Even as we turn back to him, he is reaching out to us. Deuteronomy 30:6 says, "The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!"

May we seek after God, and may he fill our hearts with love for him.

Your Sister

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