It is always so easy to say ‘yes’ if anybody asks you if you love God. Loving God or even anybody is however not just a talking thing; it is much of a great deal, a doing thing. There are certain things that show what is in your heart.

God is careful about whether you love him or not. He wants to know. He wants to be sure. You say’ “but God is all knowing,” and I say to you that the last time God checked the heart of man, whom He had made perfect, He saw that man had sought out many inventions (Eccl 7:29). The last time God considered the heart of man in Genesis 6, He saw violence and corruption and even after the floods and Noah’s pleasant sacrifice in Genesis 8: 21, God in his mercy had to remove the curse from the ground and promise Himself that He would never use the flood to destroy man again because “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth;” But God wanted more; He wanted a man, men who would love Him as he loved man.

The first man He found was Abraham (Abram) who showed his love for God by walking in obedience. His love for God was so great that he stayed with God- even when he made mistakes, he returned to God to trust Him and walk in faith until God fulfilled His word to him. His love for God grew so deep that he did not hesitate to give God Isaac. It took God Himself to stop him from slaying Isaac. In all, God saw in Abraham a man that “…will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” even before Isaac was born. He did not fall short of God’s expectation- no wonder we know God today as the God of Abraham, Isaac and even Jacob. I pray for you that you too, as a child of Abraham will have a long term generational transfer of the love of God down your generations in Jesus name.

It is recorded in 1 Kings 3: 3 that “Solomon loved the Lord.” His love for God made him walk in the statutes of David his father. It did not lead him in a life of obedience alone, it also made him give sacrificially to God. He gave God a thousand burnt sacrifices! The demonstration of his love was so profound that God had to appear to him, asking him to demand for anything.

So far, we must know that God is the first lover and giver. When we show Him any act of love, we are just reciprocating and our reciprocation of His divine love causes Him to do more for us. This proves that the presence of love between two persons provokes the exchange of gifts and since we cannot out-give God, He is sure to always reward every act of pure love shown towards Him.

When Solomon asked for wisdom, God decided to daze him, “And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment. Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee” (1Kings 3: 11- 12)

Jesus asked Peter in John 21: 15, “Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” In 16 and 17, Jesus asked again simply, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” in the first place, Jesus wanted to know if Peter loved Him more than the other disciples. That means love is in levels but just because the others loved Him 20% and Peter did 50% does not make the love enough so He asked him plainly to know if his love was total and would not diminish or vacillate. In each instance, Peter said “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” And Jesus made it clear to him three times that loving Him would entail feeding His sheep.

Who are the sheep of Jesus? They are all those who are in Christ now and also the John 10:16 sheep who are the unbelievers and the un-churched (people who have never been to church) or even de-churched (believer and church goers who for reasons of offence or otherwise have decided to leave Christ and or His church).

Peter’s love-duty was and is still to partner with the Holy Spirit to build the church of God. Loving God entails loving and serving fellow believers as well as loving, evangelizing and bringing unto God all that are straying away.

God’s focus was on His people Israel. When Solomon told God that all he wanted was to lead the people of God rightly, God decided to daze him with blessings. Jesus focus is on His sheep. Peter’s love for the sheep made Jesus to send the angel to recue Peter from prison a night before his death (Acts 12). Peter’s love for the sheep prolonged his life.

In John 1: 40, Andrew’s love for Jesus and Peter led him to connect Peter with Jesus. In verse 45 of John 1, Phillip’s love for Jesus led him to connect his beloved friend, Nathaniel to Jesus. This season is your own opportunity to show God you love Him by consciously connecting people to God and to the church of Christ. Evangelize and win souls. Invite people to church with you. As you do so, winning and establishing souls unto God, Psalms 91: 14 to 16 shall be your portion in Jesus name.

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