So many times we see love as only a feeling. Do I have feelings for this person? How do I feel about God?
But loving someone isn’t just a feeling. Loving someone means taking action, and today I want to share 5 ways that we can actively love God.
1) Be Obedient
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” John 14:21
Is there an area of your life where you struggling and God is asking you to give it to him? Obey Him. Is there something that God is asking you to do, but you don’t want to do it? Obey Him.
Obedience is one of the ways that we can actively show God that we love Him. Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will obey him.
2) Be Thankful
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34
We receive so many good things from the Lord. We should be thankful for them, but many of us (& I am including myself) struggle to see the good. We struggle to see the gifts. Develop a thankful heart. Start keeping a list of the gifts that we receive from the Lord. Remind yourself that even when things seem like they are going wrong there are gifts to be found. Search for them.
3) Be Generous
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40
In the verse above Jesus is telling us that how we treat others matters, that if we see someone in need and give to them then we are giving to Jesus. Wanna show Jesus you love Him? Help somebody.
4) Be Creative
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Our God is a creative God, and we are made in His image. We are designed to be creative beings, and it pleases God when we use our creativity to glorify and praise Him. Need ideas: Write Him a love letter. Paint Him a picture. Sing for Him. Dance for Him. Worship Him with the talents that He has given to you.
5) Be Faithful
“One who is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” Colossians 3:23
God has given each of us a job to do, and at times that job frustrates us and makes us want to quit. But we are called to walk faithfully in it until God says that it is time to move on. We are to work, not for man, but for the Lord.