How Much Do You Love God?

I’ve come to the conclusion that everything we do ends up being based on how much we love God. How we treat others is a reflection of how we love Him. How we live our lives is a reflection of how we love Him. What we say and how we say it, how we act and what we do, how we desire to live..it all boils down to how much we love Him. The Bible says, in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” What does He command us to do? There are many commandments. We read about the 10 Commandments, such as thou shalt not steal, covet, lie, murder, and so on. The Bible is clear on what is sin and what is not. We know that sexual immorality (sex outside of marriage, adultery, homosexual acts, etc.) is a sin, and He commands us to abstain from such things. We know that that idolatry is a sin, and that anything can be made into an idol. Even things that are not inherently evil or pagan, like television, music, social media, even church activities, can slowly move into the place in our hearts and minds that should only belong to God. Whatever the sin may be, whether the world considers it big or small, or to be a sin at all (Most people will agree that murder is a sin, unless it’s the murder of a baby in the womb, apparently, but most people will argue with saying things like homosexuality or other sexually immoral things are not sinful despite what the word of God says.) we are commanded to abstain from sin. We are commanded to be Christ-like and to be righteous. Now, this is not a popular belief. I know from comments I’ve received, from private messages I’ve been sent, and from conversations I’ve listened in to, most people do not like the idea of God commanding us to be righteous. We say that His grace is enough and that He is righteous enough for us. We say that we can’t rely on good works. And I’d like to be clear on this, we can not buy our way into Heaven with good works. Good works do not save us. And His grace is the only reason I have been saved.  But that does not mean God, having saved us, being full of grace and love for us even though we are sinners, thinks it is okay for us to continue sinning.

1 Peter 2:21 – For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

We are commanded to be Christlike! Do not think that we are getting a ticket into Heaven and we can just ride along doing whatever we want. Don’t be selfish; look at what Jesus has done for you, remember the painful death that He faced in order to save us, remember the mocking, the persecution, that He faced daily because of us! I want you to get that. His death was because of us. Do you think He walked on this earth for fun? Do you think He left His Kingdom in glory, traded His crown of jewels for a crown of thorns for enjoyment? Do you think He wanted to go on that cross and be pierced for OUR transgressions, bruised for OUR iniquities? We read of one of the saddest moments in scripture, the moment before He was betrayed, and I can’t help but wonder how we can claim to be Christians, claim His name, and be so selfish, so heartless?

Matthew 26

38 Then saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39 And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Just in the next verses, we read that His disciples could not do the one thing He asked of them..to stay up with Him and be with Him in these heart wrenching moments before His betrayal and death. Christian, He has asked one thing out of us. Be set apart. Be salt and light. Be witnesses. Be different. Be like Him. Love Him. If you love Him, you will keep His commandments. We see the disciples fail at this, and this is a great picture for us. A great way to understand that we will fail at times, and His love and mercy is never ending, when we are saved, nothing we do can take that away. If we had to rely on our good works and own righteousness, we would have never been saved. That is not my point. Here is my point when I say that righteous living is important, is necessary..if you love Him, you will follow Him. Look at your sins that are holding you back from being Christlike, look at them with the hatred that they deserve, and remember that those sins you are clinging to so desperately are the same sins that Christ had to die for. He took our punishment for us, can we not be selfless for one moment? Can we not let go of our sins and try to love Him so much that we are willing to let go of our sins and carry our cross? And I meant truly carry it? Being a Christian demands sacrifice. Are you willing to sacrifice?

How much do you love Him?

Don’t use God’s grace as an excuse, and do not take advantage of it, either. The Bible is clear that we will all face Him at the judgement seat one day, and just as there will be varying degrees of judgement in Hell, there will be varying degrees of rewards in Heaven. Do not fool yourselves into thinking that you can be saved and continue living like Hell because of God’s grace without judgement. Look at all of the amazing men and women of God from years gone by who have made the biggest differences in the world; Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, who forsook all to be missionaries for Him. Amy Carmichael, who gave up everything for Him. Charles Spurgeon, A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill, Oswald Chambers, John Bunyan…all of these people were constantly striving to be more like Jesus. May we have that same goal, to be like Him. Not for worldly applause, but for His glory, to show the world that God can make an old sinner like me into a new creature.

Do you love Him enough to stop lying nonstop? Do you love Him enough to stop being in a sexually immoral relationship? Do you love Him enough to forsake this world for His Kingdom? How much do you love Him? Do you love Him more than your sins, your idols?

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26 thoughts on “How Much Do You Love God?

  1. Sydney Drinkwater July 12, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I think you bring up such a good point — are you WILLING to sacrifice? We can say the words all day & night, but it’s when the action of obedience follows our words that we are coming closer to living that Christlike life. Thanks for the deep thoughts!

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  2. Vanessa Raphael Michel July 12, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    Im so glad I am not a sinner but a new creation in Christ. If I sin I repent and move on and will not dedicate my life to focus on my or other sins, the devil is busy accusing us 24/7 anyways. Romans 6 said He (God) killed the old man, so He is not into fixing our old person, its dead. Look at the Heavens and Christ, look at what is above. Sin focusing will only trap our minds to earthly boundaries, there is no way we will not sin in a sinful and broken world since we are not perfect, but Jesus is. We are not commanded to be righteous, we were given His righteousness when we got saved. Undeserved, and still undeserved. God is not into fixing our sin nature, He killed it. And gave us a new nature to live in and focus on. Romans 6-8 explains it all. If we try to be perfect and righteousness in our own strength both Heaven and Hell is laughing. Cause only Jesus gave it to us, we cannot “produce” it. Identity is crucial. Jesus was not focused on keeping up with how many sins people had done, I guess then He would have nothing else to do. He was more focused on setting people free and loving them. Because it is not about how much we love God, but how much He loved us. We cannot love without him. And we cannot live without Him. But God is key here. In Him, with Him. Spending time hating sin is wasted time when we can spend time loving the sinners and God. 🙂

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    • kalinann July 13, 2016 / 1:51 am

      Vanessa, you bring up some great points, but remember how Christ felt about sin. Remember that He did indeed come to set us free, thank Him for that, but He also hated sin and He was very vocal about that. In Matthew 23 and lots of other times in scripture, that is proven. He does indeed call us to be set apart and righteous, knowing that we will fail, and understanding that, but commanding us to attempt to live differently than the world.

      1 John 2:6
      Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

      In Ephesians, we are told to be imitators of God. If that does not mean we should seek to live a righteous life in honor of Him, what does that mean? We are to strive to be Christlike in every way; to love as He loved, to pray as He prayed, and so on. We don’t try to be perfect, but we do everything we can do (with God’s help, always) to live as sinlessly as possible and not blatantly live in sin without attempting to repent.

      If we love the sinners, we must love them as Christ loved them. When He said, “go and sin no more” He meant it.

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  3. breakfastwithtiffani July 13, 2016 / 2:16 am

    This is nothing but the truth! I have had many conversations about this myself. God calls us to be holy because He is holy. Often times people us, God knows my heart or the grace argument as an excuse to sin. We can continue to take God’s grace for granted. The bible teaches us that God will not be mocked, whatever you so you will reap. So if you are consistantly sowing sin, the fruit is death. Thanks so much for this.

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    • kalinann July 13, 2016 / 2:19 am

      Thank you so much for your comment! So, so true! Our old creature must die, and we have to be willing to put an end to them so the new creature can come out. God is clear on what His people, His disciples, must be, and they must be different than the rest of the world!

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  4. stultsmamaof4 July 13, 2016 / 2:16 am

    I appreciate your boldness here! It really is about denying self, taking up our crosses, and following Him! 🙂 Stopping by from the CWB thread.
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

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  5. pjkuhn July 13, 2016 / 2:24 am

    This is a convicting post. I found myself searching my heart for the answer to your question. I’m thankful for those you mentioned, who loved God well, who lived so close to God there’s no question who was the Lord of their life. That’s how close I want to live to Christ.

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    • kalinann July 13, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m thankful for those people as well, what wonderful role models they are! I see the incredible impact that they had on this world and are still having, even now, and man..if we would focus on living like Christ as they did, we could make an impact like that!

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  6. mariewikle July 13, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I’m so thankful that no matter how much love I have for God that it can always grow into more.

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  7. Linda Morris (@Country_Linda) July 13, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Very good points, if a lot of people would think like that in this world, it might be better off for the kids growing up

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    • kalinann July 15, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Thank you, Linda! We need to get convicted about what He did for us, and about our love for Him!

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  8. wifemummynurse July 13, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Yes, we are to die to sin and to live more and more to Christ. We also need to remember that we are still sinners and will struggle with until we either die or Christ returns.

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    • kalinann July 15, 2016 / 6:02 pm

      Very true! A big part of learning to trust God is remembering that we will always, always need His strength to get us through. We’ll always have to deal with crisis, we’ll always struggle with sin, so we must stay close to Him!

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  9. tara8910 July 13, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    I’m working hard to teach my kids right now the biblical verses that show that we obey out of love. Conversely, disobedience shows we don’t really love like we should.

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    • kalinann July 15, 2016 / 6:03 pm

      Before I wrote this post, I was doing some reading and studying some of the people in the Bible, like you said, disobedience shows a lack of love, and a lack of respect for God. Every time someone failed Him in the Bible, they had forgotten their first love, Christ!

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  10. pjkuhn July 14, 2016 / 1:33 am

    It seems so simple, doesn’t it? “Keep my commandments.” It’s the human in us that feels like we want a choice. When we “love the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul, and mind,” it’s harder to break His commmandments.

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    • kalinann July 15, 2016 / 6:04 pm

      Yes! We want our free will and we grasp it with such strength, refusing to let it go. We have to put God first, where He belongs, and learn to love Him more and hate sin and anything that gets in the way of us loving Him and serving Him.

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  11. Becoming Mom July 14, 2016 / 4:30 am

    Good stuff. I think the true mark of a believer is not that we don’t sin (isn’t it James that says if we say we are without sin, we are a liar?) but that when we do sin, we immediately repent and put our eyes back on Christ, continuing to move towards him and intentionally pursue his ways.

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  12. DrJessicaMcCleese (@DrMcCleese) July 14, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I’m so grateful that God gives us grace in our imperfections. In Romans, we’re reminded that just because grace abounds, we don’t now have the freedom to sin all we want. Christianity definitely requires that we live a life worthy of the calling and work to bring our sinful desires under control.

    I absolutely love your Spurgeon quote “Of two evils, choose neither.” What a great reminder that we must always strive for righteousness.

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    • kalinann July 15, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Amen! Romans says a lot about this topic. Like Paul said in Romans 6, What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid!

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  13. VictorsCorner August 1, 2016 / 5:06 am

    When we love God, it shows in the choices we make and in the lives we live. We can’t claim to love God if we don’t obey His words.

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