Do you really know what it means to love God? This is one of those reminders I need pretty often. Would you join me for this Intentional Conversation!
Welcome to Intentional Conversations
I started Intentional Conversations years ago. I’m not entirely sure why I let them go, but I’m excited to be bringing them back!
But y’all, life happens. I’m determined to give myself grace, but I am making it a goal to share at least one Intentional Conversation each week.
Intentional Conversations are an opportunity for me to share from my heart, answer your burning questions, and every once in a while say the things that need to be said.
Do You Really Love God?
In today’s Intentional Conversation, we will be tackling the question, “Do you really love God?”
Are you wondering what it means to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? Are you having a hard time really loving God? Then this video is for you!
Click the video below, or click here to watch on YouTube.
Notes for this Intentional Conversation:
What does it mean to love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind?
This command is from Deuteronomy 6:5. It is repeated twice a day by faithful Jews and this command packages in simple terms these truths:
1. Our lives should be totally devoted to God.
2. We should live for Him in all we do by obeying the rest of God’s commandments.
But how do we obey this command? How do we love God?
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” ~Acts 2:38
The Bible tells us that by one’s man’s sin in the Garden of Eden, back at the beginning of time, we were all made sinners. Our sin is punishable by death because the Bible also tells us that our God is a Holy God. He is set apart, and He cannot be in the presence of sin.
But the Bible also tells us that God desires to be in relationship with His children, and because of His great love for us while we were still sinners, He sent His one and only Son for us.
Jesus, the Son of God, fully God and fully man, laid aside His crown and took on the form of man. He humbled Himself entirely. He took the punishment that we deserve. And just as by one man’s disobedience we were made sinners; by one man’s obedience, we are washed clean.
Not only was atonement for our sins made, not only were they covered, but Jesus cleared the account entirely.
When we repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ – when we believe He is the Son of God, the Holy One of Israel and that He was crucified for our sins and on the third day rose again, we can be saved.
So I ask – is He your God?
If He isn’t, would you not waste another moment?
If He is, then the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15:
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.”
Does the love of Christ control you? Not your love for Him, but His love for you?
Christ died once for all. He paid the penalty we deserve. He took the punishment that sentenced us to death – to eternal separation from God. But by His obedience we are washed clean. We live because He died and rose again.
Does this love control you?
When we repent and confess Jesus as Lord, we die and baptism is a beautiful symbol of that death. We are buried with Christ and raised to new life in Christ Jesus. The old man is gone and the new has come.
It is in the new that we are free to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Why? Because of the last part of Acts 2:38, “…you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
The power of sin is broken. The finished work of Christ now controls us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
So this week, would you consider His great love fro you?
He made him to be sin who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ~2 Corinthians 5:21
It is not about what we do. It’s about what has already been done.
Questions to answer:
1. Does the love of Christ control you?
2. Are you living in the power of the Holy Spirit?
Things Mentioned in this Video:
Intentional Conversation: What Shall I Do? (Part 1 of this series)
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