Loving God

"‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’"
Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)

Warren Wiersbe once said, “To love God is not to ‘have good feelings about Him,’ for true love involves the will as well as the heart. Where there is love, there will be service and obedience.”

Is your life defined by service and obedience to God?  Has the love of God been shed abroad in your heart in such a way that it is evident to all?  When was the last time you read 1 Corinthians 13 and took a spiritual evaluation of your life as you asked yourself, “Am I patient?  Am I kind?”
One of the ways to tell if we are walking in the love of Christ is by the way that we treat others.  Our love for others is a direct reflection of our love for God.  Wiersbe says, that “love for God cannot be divorced from love for one’s neighbor.”  If you find yourself snapping at your loved ones or becoming short tempered with them you may want to take a spiritual inventory.  It might just be that you have become like the church of Ephesus in Revelation whose love had grown cold towards God.  If that be the case, then I urge you to plead for the fire of the Holy Spirit to rekindle the flames that once burned brightly in your heart.
“There is a love that can’t be imagined
It comes from the Father of Lights to my soul
It overcomes the darkness that I used to hide in
It covers me and makes me whole”

-“Give You My World” by Phil Wickham
May your love for the Lord burn bright and clear and your serve Him with all of your heart this week.

Anchored in Christ,
Aaron R. Force
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