Intimacy with God: How is your Love Life?

The sermon for Mar 18 is about Love for God. The passage used is from the book of Mark:

   29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)

Jesus was very explicit on how we should love God – with ALL our HEART, ALL our SOUL, ALL our MIND, and ALL our STRENGTH. We love God for who He is – He is God. And he demands total love from us. However, this is a struggle we have us Christians as our love for God competes for our self-love.

There were four (4) nouns used in this verse on how we should love God. I summarized my notes in the table below. You can view the full video and get the handout here.

Command: Love God with ALL of your  HEART (First Love) – You are controlled by what you value SOUL (Real Love) – You love God and you have an active relationship with Him. MIND (True Love). Love God in truth. STRENGTH (Full Love). You love God that you do His Will.
Tension Our heart is filled with idols – money, power, family. God must be our first Love. We make poor choices – especially sin – that conflicts with our relationship with God. Over time, general perception of truth has been distorted. But the Bible transcends time and will always be based on God’s Word. We hesitate to make a full commitment to serve God due to personal desires and priorities.
Response Attachment Discipline (ex. Prayer, Worship) enables us to be more attached to Christ. Detachment Discipline (ex. Cross, Confession) allows us to break away from our poor choices. Alignment Discipline (ex. Reading the Bible) allows us to walk according to God’s Word. Engagement Discipline (ex. Service to God) allows us to bloom where God planted us.

So – how much do you love God?

To God be all the Glory!

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