Loving God

Why would the God of the universe want our love? How do we love Him? God made us to love, and there's no one better to love than He Who gave His life in love for us.

Day One: Loving God
First, loving God requires knowing Him, and that knowledge begins with His Word. It may sound glib, but to know Him is to love Him. To love God is to worship and praise Him. "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only'"...
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Day Two: Loving Jesus
To understand what it means to love Jesus, we must first define what is meant by the word love. Since we are discussing Jesus, we will limit our definitions to the two primary Greek words used for “love” in the New Testament. The first is philia. This refers to a brotherly love or to a close association with another person...
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Day Three: Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). This is known as the Shema, taken from the first word “hear” in Hebrew...
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Day Four: Emotions vs. Decisions
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke10:27; Mark 12:30; Matthew 22:27). Repeatedly throughout the Bible, God commands His people to love Him with all their hearts and serve Him alone...
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Day Five: True Intimacy with God
True intimacy with God is something that has been sought by Christians since Christ walked the earth. It is natural for Christians to long to experience the closeness of an intimate relationship with God. But true intimacy with God is not simply a feeling on a par with a romantic relationship...
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For more, see: "What is the key to truly experiencing God?"

Day Six: Pleasing God
Pleasing God is, or should be, the goal of all believers—all who call upon the name of Christ for salvation. The requirements for all who want to please God are that they must seek God by faith, walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh, and walk worthy of our calling in obedience and submission to the will of God...
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For more, see: "What does God (really) want?"

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Published 12-11-15