How to Love the Lord Your God
To love God is to obey God.
(Read Deuteronomy 11:1-7)
I want to label the message "How to Love the Lord Your God." In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses has already told the children of Israel that they must love the Lord. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 says, "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Now in chapter 11, Moses will again tell the people of Israel that they must love the Lord. But the emphasis of this chapter is on how to love the Lord.
In his bestselling book The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman writes about various "love languages" by which people communicate love. He suggests there is a distinct personal way every person gives and/or receives love. Words of affirmation, physical affection, gift-giving, service, time, and opening opportunity are various ways love is communicated, flowing out and flowing in. His argument is that to have a healthy relationship, you need to learn your partner's love language and communicate love in a way that speaks to the one love.
What is God's love language? God communicates his love in a very clear and definitive way. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." Later, 1 John 4:8-9 says, "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him."
God communicates his love for the world by sending his only Son to die at the Cross to pay for our sins. But how do we communicate love ...
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H.B. Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.