How to Show God That You Love Him
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
The word “Love” is worthless if it is not backed up by some actions or proofs. In fact, “love” is a verb. It is an action word. You know how much people truly love someone by the way they show their affection to the other person. People buy their loved ones presents, they write poems about them, and they do their best to protect them.
Most of you are familiar with popular love stories such as of QueenVictoriaofEnglandtowards her husband that she mourned his death by wearing black for 40 years. There is also the story of Prince Khurram ofIndiawho built the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful mausoleums in the world, in memory of his diseased wife. You might also be familiar of the story of Jacob working for 14 long years in able to marry his beloved Rachel.
Saying “I love you” is not enough. Love needs to be proved. It is not enough to say that you love God without any actions to prove it. You need to show God that you truly love Him.
I would like to discuss some of the ways you can show God that you love Him.
I.)You need to be sincere (Ephesians 6:24)
Be true about it. Don’t do it out of necessity. You cannot fool God. You can’t lie to Him. HE knows what’s truly in you heart and mind.
A.) Love Him with all your heart
The Lord Jesus Christ said in Luke6:45,”…for the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Talking about a good man). So what comes out of your mouth? What are the things you talk about most? Your favorite TV show or your favorite verse? What you just bought from the mall or praises towards God? What comes out of your mouth? You know, what you keep in your heart would flow out of your mouth sooner or later. You know what people’s interests are by listening to what they talk about most. You know if a person loves sports when they talk a lot about their favorite team. You know, when I was dating my wife, my friends knew I was in love with her because I talked a lot about her. I have a co-worker who loves to eat. You know how I know how that person loves to eat? Because she talks a lot about food! I hope you talk about the Lord more than anything or anyone else, if you’re a Christian. I hope your heart is filled with the things of the Lord.
B.) Love Him with all your soul
What triggers your emotions? What gets you excited? I hope the preaching of the cross never gets you bored. I pray that the thought of you being saved and being rescued from the punishments of your sins would always put a smile on your face. Let me remind you that if you’re saved today, you’re always doing better than you deserve. That reality should make you happy. What comes into your mind while singing and praising God? I hope you don’t sing just because you have to or just because everyone else is doing it. What about in giving? I hope it brings gladness into your soul when you get an opportunity to give some offerings to God. You should be able to say “Praise the Lord, thank you God” every time you put that envelope (with money in it) on the offering plate.
C.) Love Him with all your strength/might
Do you do your best for God? You need to do your best in everything and anything you’re doing for God. Do everything you do as to the Lord (in your place of employment or in any of your ministries). If you’re an usher or a greeter, do your best for God. Give those people coming in the biggest smile and the friendliest hand shake they would ever get their whole life. Do it for the Lord! If you’re a Sunday school teacher, put extra effort in your studies to serve God better. Give God your best!
II.) You need to love other people (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
You can show God that you love Him by loving who He loves. God loves people. He created them. God loves people so much that He was willing to sacrifice His only begotten Son just to save them.
A.) Love your Family
One of the best things God has given you is your family. It probably is one of the most precious gifts you’ll ever receive in this lifetime. Show God that you love Him by loving your family.
1.) Love your spouse
a.) The husband needs to love his wife
Colossians3:19 says, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them”. Do not be bitter against your wife. Be sweet to her instead! Don’t make everything she does wrong a big deal. Remember the time when you were still dating when your love for her was so blind.? When you didn’t care what she did as long as you were together? When she had that lettuce stuck between her teeth during one of your dinner dates and you still thought that she had the prettiest smile in the whole univers
Ephesians 5:25 commands husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church, giving Himself for it . Give all you can give to your wife. Give her the best you can give her. As the Lord Jesus Christ gave the best for us, even eternal life.
Ephesians 5:28 commands you to love her as your own body . Take care of her as you would like to take care of your own body. Don’t hurt her as you don’t want your own body to feel any pain. Be gentle to her as she is the weaker vessel
b) The wife also has to love her husband
Love your husband as the church has to love the Lord Jesus Christ. Submit yourself to him, as unto the Lord. Colossians3:18says, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22-24 says, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Allow him to be the leader of your home and support him. Do not compete with him in leadership. God put the man as the head of the home, not the woman. No matter what the modern society tells you, it’s still God’s will for the husband to be the head of the family. Just like Pastor Blue said before, anything that has 2 heads is a monster. You know even if you are not the head of the house, you can still be the neck supporting the head. Your home will be more organized and in order if you will follow the structure God wants it to have
c.)You also need to reverence (respect/honor) your husband
Ephesians 5:33 says, “Nevertheless, let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” Respect his authority. Respect the decisions that he makes for your family. If God puts him in the position of leadership, God would equip and enable him to do his job. So just do your job as his wife. Don’t try to be the husband of the home. Love him by respecting him
2.) You also need to love your children
It is just normal for parents to love and take care of their children. What’s abnormal is if you do not love your child. One of the wicked things you would hear today is a parent neglecting, molesting, or even killing their own child. Your children are your blessing from the Lord. You need to love them
a.) do not provoke them to wrath/anger
Colossians3:21says, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” Correct them but let them know that you are correcting or punishing them because you love them and it’s for their own good. Do not beat them up out of anger. Chasten them as God chastens us. God disciplines us because he cares for us
b.) do not let them get discouraged
One preacher told me that when you correct a child, you need to break their will, but not their spirit. Don’t make them feel like they are good for nothing. Because if they feel that way, they would not do anything (Not even for God). They would feel like they are the big losers on earth because even the people who supposed to love and support them tell them they are good for nothing.
c.) train them to be godly
Ephesians 6:4 says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Read and teach them the Bible while they are young. Let them know what’s right and wrong. Tell them about the Lord. Sing Christian songs with them. Teach them how to pray. I’m thankful that I have a mother who taught me how to pray to Jesus Christ when I was young. It helped me grow up knowing and believing that there is a God who hears my prayers. As everything is learnt, children need to be taught to be godly. There is no better place for them to get this kind of education but in their own home and the best teachers they can get are their parents themselves. Love your children, they are your heritage and reward from the Lord
3.) Honor your Parents (Ephesians 6:1-2)
Ephesians 6:1-2 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise.” You won’t be here if your parents were not here. God used them to bring you into this world. You’re not Adam who came from the dust of the earth. You came from your mother’s womb. Your parents were the ones who took care of you while you were growing up
a.) Children have to obey their parents
Colossians 3:20says, “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord.” If you love God, you would want to please Him. Ephesians 6:1 says that obeying your parents is the right thing to do. As long as it’s not sinful or wicked, children have to do what their parents want them to do. The parents should be in control of the children, not the other way around. These days, it seems like the parents are the ones that are afraid of their children. That’s wrong; Children have to obey their parents as Christians have to obey their Heavenly Father. It pleases God when children are obedient to their parents
b.) Do not despise your parents when they are old
Proverbs23:22says, “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.” Your parents took care of you when you seemed helpless and could do anything on your own. Now that they can’t do anything by themselves because of their age, it’s your turn to take care of them. It your opportunity to be thankful to what they’ve done for you. Don’t treat them as if they don’t have any feelings at all. This is the time when they need more of your love and care. Many of them are dealing with loneliness and pain. This is the time when they need you. Do not despise or be mean to them, honor them!
B.) You also need to love your brothers/sisters in Christ
You have to remember that the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t just die for you. He also shed His blood for your brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to love each other as a church family
1.) Love each other by serving each other
Galatians5:13tells us to serve each other by love. Whether you work in the kitchen, sing in the choir, or clean the toilets; do it to serve each othr. Do it out of love towards one another. The purpose and goal of your ministries should be so you can serve each other and give glory to God. You are just wasting your time if you’re just doing it for yourself.
2.) You also love you brothers and sisters in Christ by being patient with them
We are all sinners saved by grace. We might be dealing with different things, but we all need God’s grace in our lives. No one is better than anyone else. Be patient with your brothers and sisters in Christ
C.) Love people in general
1 Thessalonians 5:15wants us to “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” Try to love all human beings. It doesn’t mean that you need to agree and approve in everything they do or say, but you have to remember that God loves people. God would want the murderers, the prostitute, and the homosexuals to get saved too. Hate the sin but care for the sinner (the human being), especially for their souls
1.) So do good unto people
Galatians6:10says, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”. Be a blessing to them even if you don’t agree with them or even if they hate you. Try to help them if you have the ability to do so. Feed the hungry. Comfort those who are hurting or simply be nice to people.
2.) Do your best to get along with them
Romans 12:17-18 tells us to “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it possible as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”. Don’t try to do evil to those who have done you evil. Try to overcome evil with good. The Bible doesn’t command you to just live peaceably with people you like but also with people you don’t like. It says, “If it possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans12:18). That includes your annoying neighbors!
3.) Do your best to be meek and gentle to people
The Bible tells you in Titus 3:2 “…to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.” Stay away from arguments. You show God that you love Him when you love people.
III.) You need to hate evil (Psalm 97:10, Romans 12:9)
If you love God, you have to hate what He hates
A.) God hates wickedness, according to Psalm 45:7
Keep in mind that it was sin and wickedness that brought The Lord Jesus Christ on that cross. If you want to see how much God hates sin, just look on how much The Lord Jesus Christ had to suffer so He could save us. It’s sin and wickedness that ruins our fellowship and relationship with God. God hates wickedness than anything else!
B.) God loves righteousness and judgment
Psalm 33:5 says that “He Loves righteousness and judgment…” God is righteous and just and you show Him that you love Him when you hate sin.
IV.) You need to keep His words (John 14:23, 1 John 5:3)
You cannot say that you love God and not keep His words. It’s the same with any relationship you have. You cannot say that you love someone if you don’t give importance to their words. God’s words are so important to Him that Psalms 138:2 says that God magnified His words above all His name. In fact, the longest chapter of the Bible (Psalm 119) talks mostly about God’s word. Job said that he esteemed God’s words more than his necessary food. God’s words were more important to Job than his daily food. Job was a righteous man. You need to keep His words
A.) Follow God’s rules/commandments
The Lord Jesus Christ told his disciples in John 14:15 that if you love Him, keep His commandments. It’s a blessing to any parent to see or know that their children follow their commands. When I was living with my parents, it made them happy to see that I cleaned my room and washed the dishes without them having to tell me to do it. It shows God that you truly love Him when you keep His commandments. It’s a blessing for Him to know that you are doing what He wants you to do but it’s impossible for you to know His commands without reading the Bible. So make sure you read the Bible
B.) You also need to keep/hide His words in your heart
The Psalmist says in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.” The best way to avoid sinning against God is by hiding his words in your heart. You do this by remembering what you have read or heard from the Bible. You keep his words by memorizing verses from the Bible and meditating on God’s wordd. You love God when you keep His words
V.) You show God you love Him when look forward to the Lord Jesus Christ’s return (2 Timothy 4:8, 2 Thessalonians 3:5)
It shows that you believe Him and His promise of coming back for you. Don’t make God a liar by not believing on what He had promise you. God would always keep his promises. If Jesus Christ said He would comeback, you better wait for Him because He is coming back!
VI.) Most importantly, you need to trust His Son (1 John 5:1)
A.) God loves His only begotten Son
God called Jesus Christ His “..beloved Son..” in Mark 9:7 and in Luke 9:35. No one ever pleased God like Jesus Christ did. Jesus Christ was 100% obedient to God when He was here. He never sinned against God, even once. God loves His only begotten Son and He’s well pleased with Him
B.) The Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are one
1 John 5:7 teaches that “…there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” You cannot love God without loving the Lord Jesus Christ or you cannot love the Lord Jesus Christ without loving God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one. The problem with world religions is that they are trying to tell God that they love Him while completely rejecting His only begotten Son. When you reject The Lord Jesus Christ, you reject God Himself (they are one!). When you trust and accept The Lord Jesus Christ; you trust and accept the whole Godhead. There is no better deal than that. You get the whole deal when you get saved. “For in Him dwelleth the whole Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9)
Your love towards God is measured by the way you praise and serve Him, the way you care for people He loves, and what you do with His only begotten Son. Do you love God? Show Him. Don’t just say it, SHOW Him. Action speaks louder than words.
Remember that we love God because He first loved us (1 John4:19)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:18)