How do you love God?
Do you love God, or do you just love the idea of Him?
Many people say they love God, but they don’t really know Him.
They may go to church, say prayers, and read the Bible, but they don’t have a personal relationship with Him.
So the question is, do you really love God?
Do you love Him according to the Holy Scriptures?
In order to love God, you have to do more than just pray or go to church.
You have to love Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Why do I say this?
In Mark 12:30, Jesus said, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The Bible is our guide on how to love God.
In fact, the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Deuteronomy 6:5).
This article will give you some practical ways how to love God according to the Bible.
Let’s get started!
Why should you love God?
Many people would say that it is because God is all-powerful and can give us everything we desire.
Others would say that we should love God because he is merciful and forgiving.
However, the real reason to love God is that He first loved us.
1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
When we realize how much God loves us, it is natural for us to respond with love.
God’s love for us is perfect and unconditional.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
He loves us even when we are sinning against him.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
His love never fails or wavers.
It is always there for us, no matter what we do or where we go.
That is why we should love God.
Because his love for us is perfect and everlasting.
How to love God
Here are some practical ways how to love God according to the Bible.
1. Love God with all your heart
The heart is the center of our emotions.
When we love someone, it’s usually because we have strong feelings for that person.
To love God with all your heart, you need to have strong emotions for Him.
You need to feel His love for you.
You need to be thankful for all the blessings He has given you.
2. You need to spend more time with God
Many people are so busy looking for money more than they love God.
They are more concerned about earthly things than spiritual things.
I am not talking about becoming a pastor or a missionary.
I am talking about your personal relationship with God.
You need to set aside some time every day to spend with God.
If you want to love God, you need to commit your time to Him.
James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
In fact, God wants to spend time with you.
So how do you spend time with God?
You should read the Bible every day.
Here’s the thing:
The Bible is God’s word.
Regularly reading God’s word will help you to know God more.
It will also help you to grow closer to Him.
You should also pray at least in the morning and at night before you go to bed.
Prayer is simply talking to God.
You can tell Him your joys, your sorrows, your worries, and your concerns.
You can also praise and thank Him for all the good things in your life.
3. Put God first in your life
Who is first in your life?
Is it your spouse, your children, your parents, or your job?
Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26)
Loving God means putting Him first in your life.
Before you do anything, you should ask yourself, “Is this going to please God?”
If the answer is no, then don’t do it.
4. Obey God’s commands
If you love me, obey my commandments. (John 14:15)
To love God is to obey His commands.
If you don’t obey God’s commands, how can you say you love Him?
The Bible is full of commands from God.
Some of them are:
- You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3)
- You shall not make for yourselves an idol. (Exodus 20:4)
- Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord. (Exodus 20:7)
- Honor your father and mother. (Exodus 20:12)
- You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13)
- You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)
- Do not love the world or anything in the world. (1 John 2:15).
- You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:15)
- You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)
- You shall not covet. (Exodus 20:17)
5. Trust God
Another way to love God is to trust Him.
This means that you believe that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do.
It means that you rely on Him and not on yourself.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
6. Don’t love the things of this world
The things of this world are temporary.
They will pass away, but God’s love for us is everlasting.
When you love the things of this world, you are not loving God.
“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:16)
7. Worship and praise him
Here’s the most important part of how to love God according to the Bible:
Worship and praise Him.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)
When you worship God, you are acknowledging that He is God and you are not.
You are also exalting Him above everything else in your life.
Praising God is telling Him how great and how good He is.
It is acknowledging His greatness and His goodness.
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1)
“The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.” (Psalm 116:5-6)
8. Serve others
The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39)
The question is, who is your neighbor?
Your neighbor is anyone who needs your help.
It could be a friend, family member, co-worker, or even a stranger.
When you serve others, you are serving God.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
9. Give generously
I’m not saying that you have to give all your money away.
But when you love God, you will be generous with what He has given you.
In other words, you will not be selfish with your money.
God is the greatest giver there is.
He gave his only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for your sins.
So what’s the point?
The point is that the more you give, the more you will be like Him.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
10. Be patient, kind, humble, truthful, and faithful.
The Scriptures tell us what love is.
And when you live according to these principles, you are loving God.
“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.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
When you are patient, kind, humble, truthful, and faithful, you are reflecting the character of God.
You are also an example to others of what it looks like to love God.
Bible Verses about Loving God
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)
“You must love the LORD your God and always obey his requirements, decrees, regulations, and commands.” (Deuteronomy 11:1)
“Love the LORD, all you godly ones! The LORD protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes the arrogant.” (Psalm 31:23)
But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes.” (1 Corinthians 8:3)
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” (2 John 1:6)
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
“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.” (John 3:16)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)