Ephesians 3:17-19: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Could someone please tell me where I would find, “How to Love God: 101?” It looks like I skipped right over the prerequisite class. I aced Theology 201 and even Good Works 301, but somehow I missed that introductory course.
I know doing. Doing is self-explanatory. I am good at good.
Love is supposed to be the motivator for the good works, but how does one learn to love?
When you date you don’t strain yourself into butterflies in the stomach. There is no forced giddiness. You don’t study up to make passion happen. It’s natural. You can’t wait to be together. Grabbing five minutes in between classes. Holding hands with pattering heartbeats. Gazing into one another’s eyes. It is effortless to buy a gift to please.
People say you can fake it until you make it. Do love and the feelings will follow. Read your Bible. Pray. Serve.
What if it still just feels like work. (Or even exhaustion.) Like it didn’t take. I can’t remember it ever really taking, like jello that didn’t quite set up. I’ve seen what set up jello looks like with its jiggly shine, but mine is just gooey and runny.I can see love for the Lord. I see overflowing joy and eyes that light up with the mention of Jesus, but I cannot replicate it… regardless of how simple the recipe appears.
Focus on the Gospel. Respond with gratitude.
Knowledge comes, but no heart skipping excitement.
The Great Commandment is this, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:36)
I do not know how to make me love. I make me read. I make me petition. I make me work for God.
Isn’t that enough? In my wearied heart I wonder why I feel He is never satisfied, like a stern schoolmaster.
I have done it all. What do you want from me, Lord?
Why does He not make my heart leap with eager anticipation.
Why is it when people talk about what to do to fall in love with God, their answers seem like more “to do” lists? Work. Exhausting work.
How does one fall in love with Jesus?
Thanks for letting me share this moment of vulnerability. Ever felt like this? How did you move from doing good works “because it’s the right thing to do” to having love for Christ as your motivator? How did you fall in love with Jesus? I would love to hear your story. Let’s learn together!