Loving God

reason_for_godA lawyer once asked Jesus, “Which is the great command in the law?”  This is a patronizing question, especially since we know the lawyer was attempting to trick Jesus (see Matthew 22:34-40).

Jesus gives a transcendent response.

Jesus responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

How does one love God?

In his timely book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Timothy Keller provides the following:

A friend of C.S. Lewis’s was once asked, “Is it easy to love God?” and he replied, “It is easy to those who do it.”  That is not as paradoxical as it sounds.  When you fall deeply in love, you want to please the beloved.  You don’t wait for the person to ask you to do something for her.  You eagerly research and learn every little thing that brings her pleasure.  Then you get it for her, even if it costs you money or great inconvenience.  “Your wish is my command,” you feel – and it doesn’t feel oppressive at all.  From the outside, bemused friends may think, “She’s leading him around by the nose,” but from the inside it fells like heaven.
For a Christian, it’s the same with Jesus.  The love of Christ constrains.  Once you realize how Jesus changed for you and gave himself for you, you aren’t afraid of giving up your freedom and therefore finding your freedom in him.

The love of Christ constrains us, indeed.


7 Responses to “Loving God”

  1. 1 Searching
    January 7, 2009 at 8:58 am

    one would have to suppose that a limited understanding of the true God and the subsequent limited faith prevents most people from loving God and their neighbors with the unconditional love such as God calls us to…

    one would pray that you might affect that through this blog in 2009…


    Soli Deo Gloria!

  2. 2 Puzzled
    January 7, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    The participation by readers leaving comments appears to have diminished markedly in the past four weeks or so. Any opinions about that?

  3. January 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Great question, Puzzled. I have a few thoughts. Do you have any?

  4. 4 Puzzled
    January 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    No thoughts or opinions, just an observation, hence the question.

  5. January 8, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I think it is due in large part to the holidays. More than a few people tell me they intend to catch up with the blog this week and next. Additionally, I believe controversial topics tend to creat more dialogue. Perhaps I should be more controversial – :)! The J1M webmaster, Jonathan, has expanded our access to the more search engines. That may bring in more readers and commenters. Thank you for your comments.

  6. 6 Searching
    January 9, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I would be inclined to agree with you Ryan; the more controversial the topic the more comments and opinions you will recieve. I think that when most people, especially Christians, hear things like this weeks topic which are basic, and something most have been hearing all their lives, they tend to say “amen” to themselves and not write it.
    Oh and by the way, your sermon this past Sunday was another good one. Your transparencey and openness about your marriage was encouraging and insightful for every married couple listening.
    There are many unrealistic views of what a good marriage is out there. I applaud you for your candor and trust. Blessings!

  7. January 12, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Holidays…yes. Family is no longer 30 minutes away but 3 hours. The two recent holidays meant 2 weekend trips and time to spend with previous brothers and sisters in Christ at our former church. The holidays truly present spiritual challenges as well as physical challenges for many of us. I’m catching up now:) I hope your holidays were blessed.

    I liked Timothy Keller’s take.

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