Your faith and the way you walk, depends on your love for God. Jesus says, that the first and therefore the most important commandment is, to love the Lord your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Mar 12:30, Luke 10:27). Unfortunately many believers are often more focussed upon the second commandment; to love your neighbour as yourself, and have often more love for the creations, than for the Creator. And that’s not all, this second commandment is often twisted and misinterpreted, so that it causes spiritual passivity and acceptance of the works of the kingdom of darkness. But God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit say, that everything begins with your love for God.
When you love God with all your heart, you shall love your neighbour as yourself and by these two commandments, you shall fulfil the law (Mat 22:40). The law is not a list with a set of rules, which you have to keep in life in order to be saved. But the law represents God’s will and His nature. If you are born again, and the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, than you possess His nature, and you shall automatically do His will. But it all begins with your love for God, and if your love for God is above the love you have for yourself and for the world.
Your actions determine if you love someone
Loving someone is not a passivity, but it requires action. By your talk, walk and deeds, you shall prove if you really love God and Jesus and whether the Holy Spirit lives inside of you.
Jesus says, that if you really love Him, you shall keep His commandments. This means, that you shall do, what He has commanded you to do.
Only when you keep His commandments, you shall prove that you love Him, and you shall walk in His love.
You can say that you love Him, but that won’t give you access to the Kingdom of God.
Everyone can say this, but there are only few, who can also prove it.
Only your deeds, actions and walk after the Spirit, show if you are born of God and if you love Him with all your heart. Your works will show if you love God and Jesus above all.
Spending time with the person you love
I know people, who say that they love someone, but their actions prove otherwise. If you love someone, you want to be with that person. You want to spend time with that person and invest in the relationship. You’ll listen to that person, because you want to get to know that person. By listening, you will get to know a person, and you will know exactly, what the person likes and loves and what the person dislikes and not loves. You shall treat the person with respect, and shall do what pleases the person. If you really love a person, you won’t do anything that will grieve and hurt the person and makes the person sad.
It’s the same with the sons of God. When you love your Father, you will listen to Him and spend time with Him in prayer. You shall take and keep His words and apply His words in your life. So that, you shall walk according to His will. You won’t do anything, that will hurt Him or grieve Him and will mock and damage His Kingdom. You shall give up your own pleasures, lusts, desires and will for His will. Just like Jesus, Who gave up His life to do the will of His Father.
Jesus loves God above all
During Jesus His walk on earth, He spent much time with His Father in prayer, and stayed obedient to Him. He was led by His Holy Spirit, and didn’t rebel any moment. Jesus stayed obedient even unto death. He wasn’t influenced by the devil, by the temptations of the world, and by the people around Him. Jesus continued, fulfilling God’s plan for His life.
Was Jesus a wishy-washy, and did He tolerate and accept every behaviour and sin? No, Jesus spoke with authority. He was straight, and often spoke hard words to the people. He could be very confronting, especially to the Pharisees and Sadducees. Oftentimes people have a wrong image of Jesus. They have created an imaginary Jesus, who accepted all things, every behaviour, and was always going around with a smile on His face, while He was preaching. But that’s not the reality. If you want to read more about this, I would like to refer you to the following article: Who is Jesus?
Jesus was one with the Father, just like we are one in Him, and in the Father:
That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou has sent Me. And the glory which Thou gave Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One: I in them, and Thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and has loved them, as Thou has loved Me (Jn 17:21-23)
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous (1 Jo 5:2-3)
Do you love God with all your heart?
Jesus walked after the will of His Father, because He loved and still loves Him above all. Jesus loved the Father with all His heart. And that’s where it all begins, do you love God above all? Or do you love yourself and your own life; your flesh and the world more?
‘Be the salt of the earth’