Loving God has been a problem for me in the past, so if you find yourself at odds with your Maker, this is the post for you.
I believe that every human hides truths about themselves from themselves. The younger me was dedicated to scripture and to Jesus, but when I searched the deep hidden places of my soul, I admitted to myself that I loved my family more than Jesus. The greatest command, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” just seemed out of reach.
The solution for me? I did something extremely simple. I just asked the Father to help me. And He did.
So how can you be sure you really love God? Take a look at the love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13, commonly used in weddings and such. Go deeper with me, and make these verses about your relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
LOVE IS PATIENT
Do I smile while I wait for Him to move?
LOVE IS KIND
Am I kind in my thoughts and words toward God when trouble comes and stays awhile?
IT DOES NOT ENVY
Am I jealous of the relationship God has with other of His children? Do I compare their blessings to mine ?
IT DOES NOT BOAST
Do I take credit for God’s accomplishments in my life?
IT IS NOT PROUD
Do I limit my time with Him because it’s inconvenient?
IT DOES NOT DISHONOR OTHERS
Do I say God’s name in a careless way?
IT IS NOT SELF-SEEKING
Do I forget to say, “Thy will be done.” when I pray?
IT IS NOT EASILY ANGERED
How do I react when He doesn’t give me what I want?
IT KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS
Do I make a list of the times life just doesn’t seem fair for me?
LOVE DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL BUT REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH
Do I rejoice in the promises of scripture even when culture calls the Word a fairy tale?
IT ALWAYS PROTECTS
Will I take a blow for Jesus?
Is my default TRUST even when I am confused?
Do I actively look forward to the day we will be face to face forever?
Do I keep running toward Him even though I sometimes have moments of doubt?
LOVE NEVER FAILS
Will love bring me to my final breath?
Does your Love checklist look less than perfect? Mine too. His ask Him to help y’all.
Click here for a PDF of this love checklist in case you want to post it on your mirror or tuck it in the pages of your Bible.
The pictures used in this post were taken in Houston of a church across the street from Minute Maid stadium. My husband and I were on our way to an Astros game when we were stopped by the light. I rolled down the window and took these pictures. I later enhanced them with PicMonkey photo editor. It was a cloudy day and the steeple looked so cool against that stormy sky.
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