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The demand of God – Part 3

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Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Ojo

The point of focus this week is “… to love Him” The command to love God was given to the Israelites as one of the standards of their loyalty to Him. The instruction to love was clearly stated by Jesus Christ.

Jesus replied “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it? “He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your minds’ Love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Dr. Kenneth Boa, in his book “Growing in Love with God,” asserts that when we love God, we are most satisfied. When we seek God’s pleasure above our own, and we gradually become conformed to what we most love and admire. For believers to conform to God’s image, we should love God passionately, affectionately, and intimately.

Passionately: We can only grow deeper in God when we have passion for God and His work. Passion comes from a heart that is stable before God. You can only deepen your inner love for God by studying His words and being ready to conform to God’s image.

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Affectionately: Christians are required to learn how to follow God closely so that you are able to love others in your personal and professional life. Your passion for God will prompt your affection to an unloved one. Love is not limited to the four walls of the church. Rather, we express love to friends and people in our community. “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another” (1 John 3:11). Your love for others is a replica of your love for God.

Intimately: Developing an intimate relationship with God will help you to overcome sins. Moving at a distance with God creates spiritual laxity. You can go deeper in your Spiritual journey only when you work on your relationship with God. “Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and he in us, because He has given us His Spirit” (1 John 4:13)

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God told the Israelites to walk in His love; Jesus said: “If you love me you will keep my command.” (John 14:15) As you go out this week, start to renew your spiritual passion for God and build intimacy with Him. More of God in your life and more of His grace over you in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Rev Dr. Emmanuel Ojo, Christ the Rock Baptist Church, Mende Maryland
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