I remember when I asked my mom if I was a Christian when I was a small girl. She said I am if I love Jesus and I accept him into my heart. I said I do and that means I’m a Christian! But what does it mean to truly love God? In Matthew, Jesus tells us we are to love God with all of our heart, all of of our soul, and all of our mind. (Matthew 22:36-40, NIV)
But what exactly is love and how can we love with all of our heart, soul, and mind? Paul wrote to the Corinthians about love.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV)
I don’t know about everyone else but love sounds a lot like a definition of God to me. Let’s replace the word “love” with God and “it” with He.
God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.
So God is love! If we have faith that God exists and that he sent his son Jesus to die on a cruel cross for remission of our sins then we see a true example of what love is. When Jesus was on Earth he was kind, humble, and self-sacrificing. He showed us what love is. So if Jesus showed us what love is then we should follow his example of love to in turn love him. Does that sound confusing? Jesus gave everything so that we could have eternal life. So if we gave up our selfish ways and followed him then we are truly loving God as we are meant to. To truly love God is the greatest commandment.