What Does it Mean to Love God?

Question: “What does it mean to love God?”

Answer: First, loving God requires knowing Him, and that knowledge begins with His Word. It may sound glib, but to know Him is to love Him.

To love God is to worship and praise Him. “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only'” (Luke 4:8). I do this daily with my prayer, meditation, and adoration.

To love God is to put Him first. The number-one commandment is “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

Our love for God is manifested by loving people (Mark 12:31), but we do not love the things of the world. “There is nothing upon earth that I desire more than God.”

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world.”(1 John 2:15); love for what the world offers can lead us astray. Do not be discouraged if you stray every once in awhile (it happens to me too), we are “human” keep the faith, remember God love you, and you will be lead back to our Lord.

To love God is to desire Him. We yearn for His righteousness, His Word, and His grace. “As a heart longs for love, so longs my soul for you, O God.” (Psalm 42:1). Once we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8), we want more of Him.

Finally, to love God is to obey Him. Jesus tells us, “If you love me you will obey what I command” (John 14:15, 23; 15:10; 1 John 5:3). However, this is not a matter of merely following rules and good deeds. It is about having God’s love written forever on our hearts. We naturally wish to please those we love. When we love God, we will want to please Him and obey His commands eagerly. “I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”(Psalm 40:8).