I did a bible study teaching at church on Love. We focus so much on trying to show God that we love him by our works and the things that we are doing but in order to really show God our love for him we first have to realize he first loved us, that he loves us so much. It really is great to have a desire to want to show God we love him but when we try and replace what he first gave us and try and prove our love by doing stuff then that is where the problem is. We have to move and operate in him, not in what we are trying to accomplish to show our love. We fall short daily. If you are waking up everyday determining that you are going to get God's attention and prove to him you love him by trying to accomplish tasks, then you are doing yourself a dis service. In all reality God first loved us and that we show our love for him by giving it to others. That is what 1 John 4:10-12 says:
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Seeing God Through Love12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
We can't out love God, so he did not even give us the challenge of trying to love him in the same manner he loves us. He told us that since he loved us we also should love one another. The reason we work, and work in the kingdom and often not satisfied is because we are working to try and show God we love him. If everything we try to do is based upon trying to earn his love that is wrong. The bible clearly states that God so loved the world that he gave... Not We gave! It also states that We show him we love him by being Obedient. Which is first Loving others! You see how this works. It all wraps around LOVE! His love Not Ours! Let's look at some truths about Love.
Love is a Fruit Of The Spirit.
It was the first Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians
The payment of receiving Jesus is Love, and all the other fruits.
The Spirit is Love
Without the Spirit he could not have made creation, the World, no Christians, No Faith, No New Birth, No Holiness, No bible, No New testament No power to proclaim the gospel, no Universe, No forgiveness. Without love there would not be any of those things also.
Love is the Foundation of all things! Spirit and Love works together.
God gave us More love as a payment for accepting his son so that we can be everything he created us to be. Without God( without Love) we are nothing. But with God ( love) we are everything!
Love was put in place so that we can be successful. We are not successful without Love alone!
Without True Love we are crazy and stupid! When I taught this message it was funny to me because I remember what I thought love was as teenager. I remember dating and just thinking I was in love. I remember getting in arguments and fights over a guy. I remember getting so upset that I punched a locker once because of something that happened with a guy I so called loved when I was a teen. Crying and being so upset. When I think about it, it was not true love and I was acting crazy and stupid. Saying and doing things that just did not make any sense at all! And the Love I now experience from not only my Husband, but first my Heavenly Father, I don't act that way! God's love does not cause me to be sad, to want to hit things and have rage. So that is why when I say without true love we are crazy and stupid, we really are, without that true Agape love that God gives.
Read Acts 5:3-4 for crazy and stupid example. It really is a great example.
We are to walk in God love for us not walk in and operate in our love for God. Our love is conditional not unconditional like God's love. We can't operate based on what we feel our love is for God. We will never get to where we need to be. One day we can love God and want to spend lot's of time with him and others we can not want to do any of that.
God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life John 3:16
This is how you show God you love him but believing and doing what he says!
He loved us enough to heal us, to heal the land from never experiencing all his goodness by sending Jesus.
He loved us enough to be jealous to give every one in the human race a chance to invite him in our hearts.
He loved us enough to give grace and mercy in spite of how imperfect we are.
You can't beat that love so stop trying. We all want to just show God we love him but something things a lot of us are just doing unnecessary. ( Being in church all day everyday but our home life is not in order, teaching others about how to love God and apply principles but we are not teaching them in our home. Making your schedule full with "Christian Activities" and have not time to relax, reflect, study for your own peace and sanity. I knew things were not right in my life in this area when I would go to church be half happy but as soon as I get in the car I was yelling at the kids, not having the right relationship with my Husband it was tense in the home, I only found happiness and peace while I was doing a Christian Activity and the minute I was outside of that event with my family I felt like I had no life and that I was not a true child of God. I felt condemnation, Conviction, and self pity.
It was not that God was making me feel this way but I was only happy when I was doing things that I thought showed God I loved him. I did not find love in the things I should have been seeing as showing God I love him like, Loving my neighbors, Loving my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Giving Generously, Being a Mother to my children and making sure I was giving them my best, being a Wife and homemaker to the best of my ability, Studying for hours because I really loved God on the inside and wanted to know everything about him. Spending time in prayer and worship to reverence him. Those things I did not see as showing God I loved him, but I felt that I had to be actively ripping and running all over the place, being at church for everything, Prayer, this meeting that meeting, and trying to please people with works in the Church. Thank God for his direction!
This is how we should love:
1 John 3:11-16
For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.
13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother[a] abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.