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Do we really Love God?

  

First question we have to ask is do we know what love is, and is our definition from a reliable source.  I used to define love more in sentimental terms, rather than economic terms.  I’m referring to the economics of time, energy, money, the whole package..What I hope we do is dig into our hearts and recognize God wants one thing – our Love.  “All of our heart, soul, mind and strength”  Regardless of who is doing more than who, or what, the question really should be a personal one, so instead of thinking i’m asking you this, think of it as yourself asking yourself this.

We are called living stones, built up into an holy temple for the living God.

In the message on intimacy with God, Sean mentioned Moses’ relationship with God, and the way they communed.  How do we commune?  I’m not referring to communion service, but in our time with God.  What is it like?

Do you, I, long to be with him- I remember that “sentiment”- And in my “love” for God, he proved me, and wore me out, till I was out of ambition, out of eagerness to be noticed, to be recognized.  And then i realized I had nothing left.

So I ask, myself, why does it seem I am so Dry in my intimacy feelings of/for God?  I keep thinking I need to get back the long nights, and the passionate letters and all that..But what God has been trying, and hopefully succeeding in doing, is to show me that Love, in his definition, is so much more than Passion I.E.-Sentiment.

Tom’s latest trust-worthiness question hit me in the chest- that is a word that lies at the heart of what God wants from us/(me).  A trust and a Faith that are based on our knowledge of Him, WHO HE IS…as DESCRIBED by what he has done..

In order to love someone, you have to know them-personally and intimately-Are we that transparent?  Can we say we LOVE HIM?

I have to mention our Messiah- he shows us (chance to identify here) how to be passionate about God, and how to KNOW Him-by every Word that proceeds from His mouth.  Honestly, we can’t base our Faith (action) on our feelings (sentiments)-you get my point?  The substance of our Faith is in the IDENTITY of the “testator” – the One with whom we have to do.

He plans on us knowing who He is and how to love HIM perfectly. He’s working it out between us and HIM, it’s more of a “trickle down effect” to others.
God Bless you all,

Jason

2 Responses to “Do we really Love God?”

  1. on 12 Jan 2008 at 10:57 pmJohnO

    “Honestly, we can’t base our Faith (action) on our feelings (sentiments)-you get my point?”

    Very true. Our emotions will, just by point of fact, be all over the map. It is kind of like a marriage relationship (not that I’d know). Sometimes, you’re not going to have happy emotions towards your spouse (though I’m sure Jason is still in the starry-eyed period) – but that does not mean you don’t love them.

    Our love is caught up in our identity with Jesus, and with God. To the extent we know Jesus and God – by spending time talking and thinking with God, and acting like Jesus – can our love be measured.

  2. on 15 Jan 2008 at 9:15 amSean

    Excellent points, Jason! When it comes to the definition of biblical love, I’m always reminded of the “definition” given in 1 Corinthians 13

    1 Corinthians 13:4-7 4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    Sentimentality is conspicuously absent from this list. Even so, God is the one who invented our emotions. To think that he engineered them to “feel” love but never intended for us to have emotional love towards him would be awfully strange. The problem, though, is that sometimes we continue to love God emotionally but not in action. This is hypocrisy and to be avoided as much as possible. Nevertheless, I think we should yearn for God emotionally in addition to our obedience.

  

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