Loving God The Way He Wants To Be Loved

What’s the use of loving someone in a way that doesn’t feel like love to them?
My daughter told me about a book the Young Marrieds group was reading.
It’s about how to effectively communicate your love in a way the other person actually perceives as love.
You’re speaking their language!

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That got me thinking.
I want to love God in the way He wants to be loved.

Today I was reading the last chapter of the gospel of John.
It’s the passage where Jesus appears to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias after they’ve been fishing all night.  In the morning Jesus calls to them from the shore.  He asks if they’ve caught anything.  They answer no, not yet realizing it’s Him.  He tells them to cast their nets again on the right side of the ship and they’ll find fish.

They get a real haul.  153 large fish.  John recognizes that it’s Jesus and he tells Peter.  Then Jesus, who’s already cooked a fish and provided bread, invites them to come and eat.  After the meal Jesus turns to Peter and asks him, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love  me(this is agape love, divine love) more than these?”

Simon answers, “Yes Lord, you know I am very fond of you.”
Then Jesus said.”Feed my lambs.”

The exchange gets repeated twice which always means the truth being taught is very important.
There’s a TAKE HOME POINT in this.

None of us can ever claim to love God with the sacrificial depth of love He has showered on us.
But we can listen when He tells us how to demonstrate our love.

Feeding the lambs was the calling on Peter’s life.
It was the thing Christ was asking Peter to do for Him, for His kingdom.
Feed my lambs.
1 Peter 5:1-4
And Peter, the one who had denied Jesus, loved Jesus by doing what he’d asked.

We can love God in a way that ministers to Him.
That is a completely engrossing thought to me.
Is it to you?

What can we offer to God, what would He like?
Instead of looking for what would be meaningful ministry to us. . .
Instead of trying to figure out what we’re good at, or what we think we’d like to do. . .

Let’s just ask Him.
And wait in faith for Him to speak to us in His Love Language.
Trusting He’ll give us the opportunity in the right place at the right time.

Noah built an ark and warned of a coming flood.
Abraham left Ur and walked throughout the land.
David fought a giant, led the army, and set aside a huge fund for the Temple.
Mary graciously offered her womb.
Phebe carried Paul’s letter to the church at Rome.
Look at the variety of ways they loved God.
You don’t have to do what another is doing.

You just have to discover from God the way you can say I love you.
Ask Him today how you can best show your love.

3 Comments on “Loving God The Way He Wants To Be Loved

  1. An excellent thought, Kelly! This just happens to be along the lines of what I have been thinking about today. Love is such a “multi-level” emotion, and means different things to different people.

    It can also be expressed in so many ways, and there are various “kinds” of love to be given and received in just as many various ways!

    Sounds complicated, but it’s not really. Whatever love we are giving or getting, the point is to handle it with sincere emotion so that it has the best chance of being understood in the way in which it is intended and does the most good.

    Good post…
    Steve 🙂

    • When God wants to underline a lesson He repeats it.
      You responded and then this—-
      So today, babysitting my 5 grandkids at their house I picked up an old devotional sitting by the phone.
      Here’s the post I read as I just flipped it open to March 2nd.
      http://utmost.org/classic/the-unrelieved-quest-classic/

      The text is from John 21:17.
      Oswald Chambers uses a phrase, ‘Spend it out’.
      I love that.
      I’m meditating on that when I get a quiet minute.
      That won’t be until everyone is tucked in bed:)

      • I read this and agree…God has sheep of many kinds wandering around.

        They are in all kinds of “places,” not only in this world, but in their individual walks with Him.

        No matter what the situation or circumstance we find ourselves in, God knows about it, controls it, and helps us in it!

        But we must be faithful to trust that. Oh, and yes, the only “quiet time” seems to be bed time for me too!

        Thanks so much for sharing Kelly!
        Steve

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