The word “love”, we often and easily use without deep consideration of what it demands. We love in abstract but when it comes right down to it, it’s a different issue; we don’t want to get too close. In a nutshell, we are quick to love in word but not in deed and in truth (1 John 3: 18). I have always wondered what it means to love God aside obeying His commandments; what it means to love Someone who expresses His love beyond ways and actions our finite mind could fathom. Do you love God? “Of course I do!” That was the response to my own question one quiet morning.
As the sun rose and birds chirped that morning, I found myself reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
This is the criterion we use when referring to the love we have for our family, loved ones and the people surrounding us; to which we almost get it all right. That morning, it became my criteria for examining my love for God, and oh how I failed miserably!!!
I couldn’t help but reminisce. I had lost count of the number of times I was impatient with God, the times I was so angry and mad at Him; I know for certain there were days I was rude and approached His Presence with so much disregard. Love protects, however, I barely protected and fended off anything that threatened my love for God. I insisted on my own way countless times. Many times, I expected Him to do things my way, according to my understanding and ease. I could barely bear situations and trials for His sake, I had placed my hope in other things and people but Him and I certainly wasn’t ready to endure anything. I didn’t like the idea that He took a lot longer to do things and how I never got to see how He was working or His plans and intentions for me. On several occasions when faced with adversity, I denounced my love for Him in action but never in words; Funny right!
In it all, I am just thankful for His mercies that are new each and every morning. I had spend so much time loving people and neglected the most important Person I was suppose to love; the One who was an embodiment of love itself. My heart was broken but I knew it was the love of a Father drawing my attention to where I was deficient.
In John 1, we are told whomever claims to love God yet hates his brother is a liar; it is in loving God that we are able to extend love to other people. It is dangerous and challenging to genuinely love people and not love God. I beseech you to love God; love Him with all your heart, love Him with all your soul, love Him with your entire mind, love Him with all your strength and love Him with your very existence.
If you love God, just hang in there and keep waiting regardless of what you are going through. Keep standing firm no matter what comes your way knowing that He is standing right next to you.