What shall we do to love God?

Question. What shall we do to love God?
[short] Answer: Study God.
[long] Answer: Did we study Him more, we should love Him more. Take a view of His superlative excellencies, His holiness, His incomprehensible goodness. The angels know God better than we, and clearly behold the splendour of His majesty; therefore they are so deeply enamoured with Him. Labour for an interest in God. “O God, thou art my God” (Psalm 63.1). That pronoun “my”, is a sweet loadstone to love; a man loves that which is his own. The more we believe, the more we love: faith is the root, and love is the flower that grows upon it. “Faith which worketh by love” (Gal. 5.6). Make it your earnest request to God, that He will give you a heart to love Him. This is an acceptable request, surely God will not deny it. When king Solomon asked wisdom of God, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart” (1 Kings 3.9), “the speech pleased the Lord” (verse 10). So when you cry to God, “Lord, give me a heart to love Thee. It is my grief, I can love Thee no more. Oh, kindle this fire from heaven upon the altar of my heart!” surely this prayer pleases the Lord, and He will pour of His Spirit upon you, whose golden oil shall make the lamp of your love burn bright.
–Thomas Watson, All Things For Good pg. 98

We need to serve others too (Matthew 25:35-36). But God loves it when, like Mary did Jesus (Luke 10:39-42), we contemplate, or study Him. “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I think it’s so important that we learn God’s will, and pray for things that we know are His will–as loving Him more is–as Watson says. (Psalm 37:4, 1 John 5:14)

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:3

1 Response to “What shall we do to love God?”

  1. 1 Theodore A. Jones

    “If you love Me………….keep My commandments.” But where is the contemporary church that even has a Jesus’ commandment class?

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