“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
One of the famous statements many people make is that they want to love on God. To be honest, I have been around church my entire life, and this phrase is something that is relatively new. I’m sure those who make this statement have sincere motives, but loving on God is not something you do because you sing a song or go to church because it is impossible to love on God just through emotions and feelings.
I’m sure that most believers want to love God. If a believer didn’t want to love God, I would begin to doubt whether they are truly a believer. How could you not want to love the God who saved you from your sins? The desire to love God is truly a great desire.
However, the way you love God is not through emotionalism, singing, or just by saying that you love Him. The way to love God is found in the verse above. Jesus says, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 14:15 further explains how to love God by saying, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Loving on God is more obeying God than it is anything else. Let me explain what loving on God truly is. You love on God when you go to church for every service. You love on God when you go soul winning. You love on God when you get rid of sin. You love on God when you fight error that tries to subvert God’s Word. You love on God when you honor your parents. You love on God when you obey your parents. You love on God when you love your spouse and submit yourselves one to the other. You love on God, not by producing emotional moments that make your heart feel warm, but you love on God by doing what the LORD commands. Let me give you a couple of statements about loving on God.
First, loving on God is an act of obedience. Nowhere in the Scriptures do you see it more clearly as to how to love God than in the two verses mentioned above. Obedience to the Word of God may not make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but it does show God that you love Him.
Second, focusing on love instead of obedience is what pulls you away from loving God. Satan is a master at pulling one’s attention away from what they are supposed to do. You will always find that when you focus on the wrong thing, you will end up not doing what you truly want to do. If you focus on love instead of obedience, you will soon find ways to manufacture emotions that make you feel like you are loving someone, but it will pull you away from obeying them.
Third, loving on God doesn’t always feel good, but it always makes you happy. Because loving on God is obeying God, it won’t always feel good to obey God when obeying Him makes you the outcast of the “in” crowd. My friend, those in the Scriptures who obeyed God certainly proved their love to Him, but it didn’t make them feel good as they endured affliction and persecution. If you truly want to love on God, you are going to have to obey Him. Always remember that by obeying God you are loving on Him.