Summary: Knowing about God and Knowing Him personally is not the same. Let’s see how this distinction applies when considering some of God’s attributes.
WHAT LOVING GOD WILL DO
Romans 13:8-10 “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Knowing about God and Knowing Him personally is not the same. Let’s see how this distinction applies when considering some of God’s attributes.
• The thought that God is present everywhere is staggering. But to be aware of His presence in times of need brings comfort and hope.
• The thought that God knows everything is mind-boggling. But to have the confidence that no detail of our lives escapes His attention is to enjoy a peace that endures through every trial.
• The thought that the Lord is all-powerful makes us marvel at His greatness. But to have Him actually work in, through, and for us encourages us to relax in His mighty arms.
• The thought that God never changes is a reassuring truth. But to commit ourselves to the care of this never-changing One is to know the stability of His faithfulness.
• The thought that God is love is wonderful to contemplate. But to know Him as a loving Redeemer through personal faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, brings the joy of sins forgiven.
Loving God is essential. Luke 10:27 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”
Loving God is voluntary. Revelation 2:4 says, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Notice that they LEFT their LOVE. Their love did not leave them. If you have lost your love, it is still where you left it. It didn’t go anywhere.
Loving God fills the void sin has created. Genesis 3:9 “The LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Loving God is a commitment we are to keep. The first commandment is to love God with all your heart. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself. Don’t get the cart ahead of the horse. Love God first, and you will find it easier to love others next.
#1. Loving God makes it is easier to love other believers.
1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
1 John 3:11 “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” v 23 “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”
If you love God, realize what you have in common with other believers.
• We have a common family, so LOVE them! 1 John 3:2
• We have common faults, so LOVE them! Galatians 6:1-2 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
• We have a common future, so LOVE them! Revelation 7:9-17 “After this I beheld, and, lo,…”
#2. Loving God makes it easier to love your family.
Ephesians 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.” [5:25-28] “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.” [5:33] “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”