If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15, KJV)
Dr. Gary Chapman’s book “The Five Love Languages” has been a tremendous blessing to many. The central theme that runs in the book is that each of us has a unique way we perceive that someone loves us. Well, Jesus tells us in very plain terms His love language. If you love Him, then do what He tells you to do.
Our obedience to the Word of God is critical and speaks volumes by itself of who we are and what is truly in our hearts. This is particularly true of our love for God. It is one thing to receive and believe the love of God for us, and it is a related but equally, important factor to express our love for Him. As Christians, it appears we are experts at emphasizing one truth almost to the exclusion of others. God’s love for us is foundation and most important. But that is not all that God has said. Emphasizing the love of God to the exclusion of our love for Him is half-truth and will certainly cause spiritual malnutrition. God has loved us, and that is the foundation. A house is not made of the foundation alone. Upon that foundation, God wants us to respond in love for Him, not out of a religious mentality of trying to prove anything to Him but out of a heart of affection. There is one, and just one way to show your love for God —keep or obey His words. Singing words of worship or praise full of “Jesus I love you” is certainly meaningless if our actions completely erase what we have spoken.
None of us will intentionally hurt the one we truly love. We obey the words of the Lord out of love for Him. His love in our hearts makes us respond in love by obeying His words. Do you know Jesus is hurt when we live in sin? Yes when we speak ill of that brother or sister, He is hurt. When we lay on that bed of sexual immorality, His heart weeps. If we love Him, we will do His words and not hurt His heart.
The Lord loves you so dearly, but He also wants to see your love for Him!
What is your love language? What about Jesus?
APPLY THE WORD
Do you love Jesus? Do you ever realize that our actions and words might make Him joyful or grieved? Start thinking about Jesus’s heart before you act or speak.
Ask the Spirit of the Lord to help you fully express your love for Jesus in actions and not just words.