Jesus replied: If anyone loves me, they will obey me. Then my Father will love them, and we will come to them and live in them.
John 14:23 CEV (emphasis added)
Are you in love with God? Now this isn’t a question that requires an immediate answer because there are some things that you have to consider: Are you spending quality time with Him?; Are you obeying what He told you to do (either personally and in His Word); Do you talk to Him on a regular basis?; Do you try not to hurt Him? It’s so easy to say, “Yes, I love God,” but according to John 14:23, are you obeying Him? Do you know Him well enough to truly love Him? Or are you just going with the motions because it’s the “right” thing to say, or do you just love Him because of what He can do for you? To be truthful, your love for God will show in how you live your life because He said if you love me, you’ll obey me; and your obedience will show in your lifestyle.
I’m pretty sure we’ve all been in love with someone at some point in our lives. We’ve all had “butterflies” when that special someone calls, sends a text, or pays you a surprise visit. When you’re in love with someone, you try to do whatever you can to please them, you go the extra mile, you show them extra attention, you try to spend as much time with them as you possibly can, you talk to them on a consistent basis, and you can’t stop thinking about them. This is how it should be with our relationship with God. We should be so in love with Him that we can’t live or breathe without Him. When He speaks to you or pays you a visit, you should get the same feelings you would get as if it were your boyfriend or girlfriend. If you can get these emotions with an earthly being, how much more should your emotions go into overdrive about God.
Ephesians 5:10 (MSG) says: “Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.” When you’re in love with God, you study the Bible to see what He tells you to do and what not to do, how you should act and how you shouldn’t act, how to please Him, etc. Now don’t get me wrong… you don’t “earn” God’s love by works, but when you do things that please Him, it’s for your own satisfaction and benefit. Think of it like this… when you send your boyfriend/girlfriend a gift, you get more joy out of making them happy. Yes they may be overjoyed because they received a gift, but the real pleasure is knowing that you did something to make their day, and you’ll get the same feeling as you live to please God. When you make the Savior happy, you’ll get a rush and a feeling of internal joy that is unspeakable, which in turn makes life more enjoyable to live. We can never really repay God for what He’s done for us and His unfailing love, but living the way He said to live is a start and it shows that you appreciate what He’s done. Eventually, you will see that God knows what’s best for you, and your love for Him will grow because He actually has your best interest in mind with no strings attached.
God loves you unconditionally and perfectly. He will never love you any more or any less than He does at this very moment. Here’s what I found out for myself…even though God will never love me any more than He does right now, as I continue to get to know Him for who He is (His character and His nature), I love Him more and more, day by day. See, God knows everything about you. Every day of your life is already planned out, so there is nothing more for Him to love because He knows you for the real you, including the mistakes you will make and your imperfections. On the other hand, we have a continuous daily walk with God where He reveals Himself to us in various ways; hence, the reason why we fall more in love as we have more experience with Him. No matter what you do, God loves you, chose you, wants to spend time with you, loves your flaws, etc. How can you not fall in love with someone so perfect? Everyone is always looking for the “perfect” person, but they are looking in all the wrong places, and because of this they end up getting frustrated and lose hope. But God is the God of hope (see Romans 15:13) and God is love (see 1 John 4:16). I can tell you from experience that I am head over heels in love with God and no greater love is better.
So the real question is, “are you really in love with God?”