In my many years of ministry, I have discovered that everyone wants to love God. At least, everyone wants to show God that they love him. Oftentimes, people have asked me, Brother Mike, how do I know if I love God? The answer is simple.
In John 14:15, the Bible says, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. That is very direct and simple enough to understand. If you say you love God, just do what He says. In verse 21 of the same chapter, the same condition is repeated. The proof of your love for God is in your willingness to obey His voice. Do not just read the Bible for religious exercise; keep His words. And you say, Brother Mike, it is not easy to keep His commandments. Yes I agree, but at least, you must be seen to be making efforts.
You see, righteousness is a practice. There is the righteousness that God gives to us which we receive when we get born again. He makes us righteous. Now, after you are born again, you start to practice righteousness; just like a baby is taught how to sit down. You know when a baby is newly born, say a few days old, you cannot force the baby to sit down. But after some weeks, the mother begins to teach the baby to sit down, from there the baby is taught how to crawl, how to stand; one step at a time. When all these things are happening, the baby will be falling and rising. Now, will you say because the baby is falling and rising, he should not practice anymore? Of course not.
Some of us believers do not practice righteousness. Many times, we forget how we used to practice sin… Some of us became chain smokers because we practiced smoking. The first day I tried to smoke, I was choked but that did not deter me. I kept on practicing until I perfected the act. The same way you practice righteousness. You must purpose in your heart that when you see something in the scriptures, you want to act on it. That’s how maturity comes.
The Bible says in 1 John 5:3 that “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments and His commandments are grievous”. They are not as hard as you assume. Mind you the commandments are not given to please God but for your own good.
Decide today to love God, not in words, but in deeds. Then watch Him embarrass you with His blessings.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 John 5:1-5