Love For God

Helping us understand God's love for us and how we should love Him.

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Summary: Understanding how God loves us and how we should love Him.

Why should we love God?

Key Scriptures (1 John 4:19 NIV): 19 We love because he first loved us.

  • He loved us first.
  • We can rely on His love.


Key Scriptures (John 3:16 NIV): 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

  • He gave His very best for us - His Son!


Key Scriptures (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV): 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  • He has great plans for us and our lives.


Key Scriptures (John 15:15 NIV): 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

  • He wants a relationship with us.


Key Scriptures (Exodus 34:6-7 NIV): And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

  • The incredible qualities of God - He desires to forgive us.

What does it mean to love God?

Key Scripture (Mark 12:28-30 NIV): 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’


  • What is God's expectation for loving Him?
  • How is this different than we usually view love for God?

We often view love as an emotional feeling.

  • Why is Loving the Lord our God the most important command?


How are we called to love God?

  • Heart – The seat of you will power…the driving force of your decisions
  • Soul – The eternal side of our being
  • Mind – The intellectual side of our being
  • Strength – The physical side of our being

What would it mean to love God with all of the above?

Key Scripture (1 John 5:3-4 NIV): 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

  • Obey His commands
  • Where do we find those commands? (Challenge to begin reading the Bible and praying daily)

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