But God- How do I love him more?

Greetings,

As we move on in responding to questions from readers, let's look at the following;

But God Image_Color_Cross"I've been struggling in my relationship with God. It seems like I am not as sincere as my friends and that I sin more than them. I talked to my Pastor about this and he told me my biggest need is to love God more. I've been praying to love Him more, but it doesn't seem to be happening. What's wrong with me?"

Well, that's a commonly asked question, and by the way, a very common prayer. The first part of your pastor's answer is correct. Jesus makes it very clear in John 14:15, that the road to not sinning is loving Him. "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."

Now comes the next part of your situation- HOW do I love Him more? The answer to this is three fold.

First, agree with Him that you already do love Him. Love for Him is part of the new DNA we talked about in the last blog. Part of the new you is having a new heart. It is Jesus' heart. Does He love Abba? Absolutely! Do you? Absolutely! ( if you didn't, it wouldn't bother you that you don't show it as much as you'd like to) Don't be shy about telling Him you love Him.

Second, listen to what John says in his first epistle- 'We love because He first loved us.' 1 John 4:19. Part of what he is saying here is that how I will come to love Him more is not by praying for it or by trying harder to show it, BUT rather, by seeing and receiving more of how much He loves me. One side note- no matter how much you ever grasp of how much He loves you, it is always MORE. Thank Him. Tell Him you love Him too.

Third, tell Him you love Him with your choices. When tempted, remember that you love Him more than you love the object of your temptation. Turn away from the temptation because you love Him. Not because it's wrong, but because you love Him more. Don't turn away from the sin in fear or because you should, but because He loves you and in that love has told you what is best for you and that is to enjoy being loved and then to return the love to Him.

Turning away will help you experience your love for Him more, but remember, you already have a heart that is totally in love with Him, because your heart knows He loved you first.

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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