What’s Love Got To Do With It?
What’s love got to do with it? EVERYTHING! The world would try to teach us that we can have long lasting, fulfilling relationships without love at the center of them. Lasting relationships based on convenience seem to indicate that love as a core is not important. But this is not the case with our relationship with Christ. Our heavenly Father always desires for us to live our best quality of life, and to do that, we must be willing to obey His direction so that we can abide in the place of “best” that He has designed for us. However, as easy as it sounds, our degree of obedience to Him is intricately linked to our degree of love for Him. We can have all the knowledge of God that our brains can handle, but we have to know God in a way that causes us to love Him despite our circumstances and beyond our head knowledge. We can’t give Him lip service and our hearts be far from what it is our mouths would speak. The intimacy that is born from our love for Him causes us to hear His voice, obey His voice, and have the assurance that He will continue to show up for us when we call. The Word is clear on this. John 14:21 (AMP) states that “The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him…” And not only in this life. Love plus obedience equals eternal life.
Have you had a heart check today? Your life depends upon it!