My Grace-Full Life

2.4.20 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Loving God

TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• I love you, O Lord, my strength. (Psalm 18:1 ESV)

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• My son is 22 and he did not inherit my fluffy genes. What I mean by that—he doesn’t always show affection. He doesn’t like to be hugged and he doesn’t use fluffy words very often. As his mother, it makes me kind of sad. But I’m not overly surprised. Besides, it’s probably my fault. I snuggled the snot out of him as a kid and I think he’s had his fill. My husband accuses me of doing the same thing to the cats. (I have a bit of that “I will love him and squeeze him and call him George” personality.)

I know my son loves me, but he doesn’t say it very often. But when he tells me first and not as a response to me—it makes me so happy! I love to hear it! 

Love is something that matters to each of us. We long to love and be loved.

As Christians, we focus a lot on God’s love for us. We have verses like 1 John 4:8b that says, “God is love” and Romans 5:8 that says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

And those are wonderful reminders! It’s incredible to consider that the God of the universe who made all the stars and everything in the world absolutely loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us! His love is immeasurable and we should be in awe of it.

But what about our love for Him? How often do you tell God that you love Him? David wrote, “I love you, O Lord, my strength” (Psalm 18:1). How often do you tell Him the same?

Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Jesus reinforced it when He said, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him” (John 14:21).

So why not tell Him? If you love God, speak the words. Jesus paved the way for us to have a relationship with God and a relationship is reciprocal. We know He loves us; let’s tell Him we love Him too.

Today, as you pray, thank God for His love. Tell Him you love Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your heart to overflowing love for the God who created you and who loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).

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