Thursday, February 16, 2012

Real Love

“And you must love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves whole heartedly to those commands that I am giving you today” Deuteronomy 6:5-6

That is what God commanded Jesus to share with us and he intended for us to do it !!! So the question is do YOU love the Lord your God whole heartedly or just when it is convenient for you to love him ?

Do you love God because it makes your reputation look better and present life to look as if you have a wonderful relationship?

Do you cry out to God and tell him you love him because you are in desperate need of his help ?

Do you think that you love God just because you have been told to do so all of your life, but really you do not even understand who he is?

Maybe you do love God for all of the right reasons, but when your faith gets pushed your heart grows cold and wants to run from God.

Lets face it, many of us have been singing Jesus Love Me since we could sing; so therefore, it has been engrained into us that he loves us, but do you respond to that love ?

Do you treat your earthly relationships with a similar attitude and not even realize it?

Many relationships look good from the outside, but if you really examine the other person you might question if you truly know his or her heart. The cute pictures on facebook and twitter posts are lying to others about the real depth of the relationship because you know things are not “picture perfect”. If there are problems in the relationship and you continue burying them and carrying them along then you are only setting your relationship up for failure.

If we ignore God and what he is trying to do in our lives, would you not say that you are missing out on growing and being blessed by him? Yes. We totally miss out on his love when we constantly do things our own way.

Maybe you think your relationship is great and that is awesome, but there is always room for more love and growth. However, if you are in a current relationship and things are not so “picture perfect” then you as well as everyone else need to freally understand and experience God’s love. God’s love will become the center of your earthly relationships, and because his love endures all it will help you maintain a joyful an healthy relationship.

Do you truly understand God’s love for you ?

When my heart is wholeheartedly into something I am totally and completely committed, and I put all of my energy along with my time into whoever or whatever it might be. When my heart is in, my feelings grow stronger because of the time that I persistently and passionately invest my time into that thing or person. Once we are wholeheartedly into whatever it might be a relationship, sport, project, mission trip, ect, usually obstacles come our way; however, I do not ever back down when issues arise because I am wholeheartedly in and want the best results for my outcome.

I stand up for what I believe in. ( with all your soul)
I fight for what my heart is in. (all your strength)

Are you IN and committed to a wholehearted relationship with Christ ?

Or ask yourself this question:
are there things holding me back from being in love with GOD?

Living for yourself
Pleasing people instead of God
Trying to fill our needs the way we see best fit

The bottom line is, if we stick to our ways we will not grow to love or be IN love with Christ.

So how do understand and experience God’s love?
First we must understand his character and what he did for us through the cross.
God is love, and he sent his one and only Son to die for you. Jesus willfully submitted to take on an earthly life. He took on our sin, shame, and dealt with all of our mess with a pure heart. He did not grow bitter because he had to carry the weight of our heavy SIN, instead he willfully submitted to his Father’s plan. Jesus did not have an easy life during his time on Earth,” There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—A man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.” Isaiah 53:2-3 Jesus took on all of our weaknesses; so therefore, when we call to him in our pain he knows how it feels and where we are coming from. WOW, that is love right there. Would you do that for someone ?!

MY understanding of his love is radically moved by this verse, Isaiah 53:10,“But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief.”

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The verse goes on to say; “Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants”

You have to trust God to be IN LOVE, that is a huge key. Our hearts must be open to understanding this great love.


Trust in God.
Build your relationship daily with God.
Fall in Love.
You will produce good fruits.
Your earthy relationships will align perfectly, whether you are in one now or waiting.

I love you all !!


  1. I love the breakdown of what "all your soul" and "all your strength" means. I think sometimes words and phrases are heard but not really understood. We assume we know what something means, but we can't really define it or explain it if we're asked. I think you did a great job of doing just that. So many of us can say, "Sure, I love God. Of course." But do our actions say that we do? Do we really know what that means? Thanks for helping us understand! :)

  2. Just an outstanding breakdown of what it means to truly LOVE Him! I LOVE reading this blog everytime there is a new post! Thanks for such great words, Jess!