Mathew 22: 36 – 37 ——-“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
How do we begin to love God the way we should? In Mark 9:24 just as the man asked God to help his unbelief, so too we can ask God to help us in areas where we don’t love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It is His power that we need to do the impossible, and we begin by seeking and appropriating that power.
We cannot love someone we don’t know, so knowing God should be our first priority. When we pursue God and His righteousness, and take seriously the command to love Him above all else, we are consumed with the things of God. We are eager to study God’s Word, eager to pray, eager to obey and honor God in all things, and eager to share Jesus Christ with others. It is through these spiritual disciplines that the love for God grows and matures to the glory of God.
Our love and affection for God grows more intense as time goes by. But it is through the witness of God’s faithfulness during times of struggle and trial that a deep love for God grows and grows. Over time, we witness His compassion, mercy, grace, and love for us, as well as His hatred for sin, His holiness, and His righteousness.
1 John 2:5 —— But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
If we keep God’s Word, the love of God is perfected in us. When love flows in us, we begin to behave like Christ.
In Genesis 37 we read about a person named Joseph. His brothers did not love him but Joseph did not harbour any negative emotions towards them. Joseph was filled with God’s love and forgave those brothers.
The brothers hated him so much and sold him as a slave. Joseph was not depressed because his mind was focussed on God. When a person loves God, that person’s life is centred on God. It is not a relationship of emotion but God’s Word.
In the bible, God has promised us many things, and because Joseph operated in obedience to the Word those things manifested in his life . If Joseph did not operate according to the Word but by his emotions he would have been angry and bitter. But this would not bring forth God’s manifestation.
No matter what others do to us, if we make a commitment to walk in love, God will turn it into a blessing. When Joseph refused to get into bitterness, refused to get angry, refused to harbour unforgiveness against his brothers, he ended up becoming the governor of Egypt.
If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him.