“I CANNOT BRAG ABOUT MY LOVE for God because I fail Him daily. But I can brag about His love for me.” I don’t like this saying and it’s not scriptural, whoever said it. Why can’t you brag about your love for Him? David did and it was a continual theme in His psalms,
“O love the Lord, all you His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, and plentifully pays back him who deals haughtily.” Psalm 31:23
This is the first and greatest commandment:
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
Now it’s true, we love Him because He first loved us by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Any mention of God’s love apart from the cross is not the love of God. His love is not some emotional, sappy kind of love like the world teaches. Love has a purpose and it’s purpose is to redeem mankind. I was redeemed and delivered from my sin by faith in the work of the cross. I was set free from my wretchedness and made a new creation in Jesus Christ when I was born again of the Holy Spirit.
When I was His enemy, He died for my sins. This is the love of God and so I love Him with all that is within me. Did He not do enough on the cross to sustain your love for Him? Was it not enough that He saved you, washed you, renewed you and set you upon a Rock? The church used to sing glorious songs about how much they loved Him, but something has changed. And yes, OH how He loves us! But His love is meant to change you and change your heart and mind. It is the first and greatest commandment. Our life should be marked by OUR LOVE for and faithfulness to HIM.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” I John 4:17-19
Like Paul, you should be able to say at the end of your life, “I have ran my race and kept the faith”. Our lives should reflect faithfulness and love to a holy God, not one of unfaithfulness like the adulterous Israelites. Love is an ongoing action word, not a one time announcement. He that loves God keeps His commandments.
We know we love Him by our obedience. We also will know others by this same love. If someone says they love Him and continue to live a life of sin, they are liars and the truth is not in them. Do not be deceived. Love obeys. You can’t say you love Him and not do what He says. This is also not love. I might fail, but His love spurs me to get up and keep going. Just as I have failed my husband and my family, I don’t stop loving and serving them. How much more should I love my Savior? He has given you everything you need for life and godliness, so tell me why can’t you brag of your love for Him?
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” I John 5:1-4
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