Monday, December 27, 2021

The Importance of God’s Word in our Everyday Lives


The Importance of God’s Word in our Everyday Lives


Here are some ways God continues to get my attention:


·        He allows me to go through trials and testing

·        Marriage often exposes my self-centered sinful nature

·        God allows me to experience the Consequences of my sin

·        Conversations with believers awakens me to insightful ways to live set apart to God and receive Godly counsel

·        God uses sermons, testimonies and lectures to speak into my situation

·        The Holy Spirit knows how to get my attention, He convicts me often and for my good

           filters my words and thought life


But I also find that God speaks regularly to me in a very powerful way through the study of His Word. With the help of the Holy Spirit in a unique and supernatural way, I can understand   scripture, know God’s purpose, plan, principles and spiritual concepts that will challenge me and transform me into the man He wants me to be. 


What I love about Scripture is that it explains who God is, how He works and what He has planned for humanity.


God’s inspired Word revealed to me that a faith and belief in Jesus is a saving faith. And when

I gave my life over to Him, I received direction for my life, new hope new purpose, and a fulfillment of my deepest need for unfailing love.


Can we really trust God’s Word?

My answer would be yes for these reasons:

·        God is the Author of the Bible (He who breathed it, inspired it, and conceived it)

·        The Bible was written down by Godly men directed by the Holy Spirit

·        Prophecy in the Bible is Fulfilled. For example: Bible scholars point out that nearly 300 references to 61 specific prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled by Jesus Christ

·        The Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2,500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2,000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter-no errors.

·        Archeological discoveries confirm history recorded in the Bible


The Bible is completely compatible with real science for example:

·         The Earth is round (Isaiah 40:22) – discovered in 15th Century

·         Earth is held in place by invisible forces (Job 26:7) – discovered in 1650

·         Infinite number of stars exist (Genesis 15:5; Jeremiah 33:22) – discovered in 1940

·         Earth’s weather follows rules and cycles (Genesis 8:22) – discovered by Galileo around 300 years ago



We can look to the testimony of those who wrote the Bible and we see examples today that God has the power to Change lives > the bible confirms this:


2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


·        The Bible through the power of the Holy Spirit – Awakens the human soul to seek, know and walk with God.

·        The Bible reveals our sin and need for a Savior.

·        The Bible explains the world’s brokenness and how Jesus came to redeem and restore what sin had stolen.

·        God’s Word teaches us about life as God designed it to be lived.

·        The Bible brings life, hope and eternal perspective


The Bible exhorts us to walk according to God’s Word:

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.

Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart - Psalm 119: 1-2


The Bible explains the importance and nature of Scripture:

 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting

and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly

equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3: 16-17


The Bible tells us what to do with God’s Word:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like - James 1:22-24


Eternal truth is not altered by the constant change, and new ideas adopted by the culture and the world. The truth God established in the Bible overrules the winds of current trends, the waves of cultural patterns, and the tide of modern thinking.


God’s Word tells us about His solution to the problem of sin and shows us how we can live in a way that reflects and honors the God who made us.


The Bible tells us how much God loves us and the lengths He went to rescue us.


God’s Word gives life purpose, and renews our mind so that we can understand God’s will:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)


God’s Word gives us the most important teachings of Jesus:


“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

(John 14:6)


“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 18-20)


But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

(Acts 1:8)


And of course, read Matthew Chapter 5 > The Beatitudes and other teaching and parables of Jesus.


Closing thoughts:  (spiritual discipline challenge)

Let’s take time each day to take God’s Word to heart so we can get the right kind of perspective to help us navigate this fallen world in a humble God honoring way.


How about no Bible no breakfast > let’s make our first priority of our day to acknowledge God with Gratitude and prayer and read His Word, He just might be trying to get our attention.


Caution: we need to be careful when things are going well. We may be tempted to rely on our own strength and wisdom. We need to always be on the lookout for pride and selfish ambition creeping back in and igniting the old self. We must be careful not to take it for granted that we already know what the word says. Just remember what Jesus said:


 “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’       (Matthew 4:4)


Jesus has chosen us to change the world beginning with the inside of ourselves, our hearts, minds, actions and works.  We can live this transformed life so others know that God truly has power.


With the help God’s Word, we can put off the old self and put on the new self:


Ephesians 4:22-24 New International Version

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.


One of the best ways for anyone to grow spiritually and to serve God is through the reading and study of God’s Word:  


James 1:25 New International Version

25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.


For all these reasons, God’s Word should play a role in our everyday lives!




Saturday, November 20, 2021

How Can One Truly Love God?

Questions concerning one’s relationship with God:

 Do you believe the main way to show love to God is through serving?

Do you believe your acceptance and devotion to God's calling and obedience to His commands, accurately express your love and reverence for Him?

Do you regularly spend time talking and praying to God?

Do you daily express your gratitude for Jesus' love, grace and saving work?

Do you honestly love God or just going through the motions?

Do you believe God still loves you no matter what you do or say to discredit His name?

Do you believe the trials, tests, afflictions and suffering that God allows in your life are a demonstration of God’s goodness and love?

Do you believe God is good?

These questions can help us to determine how we view God and in what areas we need to work on our relationship with Him. 


Let us contemplate these questions:

Can you think of an event in your life where you think God was trying to get your attention? 

What do you think what God allowed was trying to teach you?

Do you think the afflictions God has allowed in your life have an eternal purpose?

Has God ever proven His love for you?

Why do you Love God? What do you think can help you love God more?

The Sin problem: (we are separated from God at birth)

Sin will always be our greatest stumbling block when it comes to our relationship with God, and we must deal with the sin in our lives if we want to stay close to God. Sin separates us from God. The Bible helps us understand that we have a sin problem.

Isaiah 59:2 ESV:   But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.

Romans 3:10 ESV:  as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

1 John 1:8 ESV:  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Good News: God Loves us: (God loves sinners and sent Jesus to save us)

But even though we are sinners we find out that we are loved by God and that He left a God sized hole in us that can only be filled by Him. Why would God reserve a place in our hearts that only He can fill?  God wants to be loved by us. This is why we need to first comprehend what God’s love really means for us so that not only can we respond accordingly, but have the desire to do so.

Let's look at what the Bible says about God's love and what this means for us:

1 John 4:19 NIV:   We love because he first loved us. 

1 John 4:10 NIV:  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 

Ezekiel 36:25-27 NIV:  I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Deuteronomy 30:6 NIV:  The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

Deuteronomy 10:14-16:    To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.

1 John 3:16 NIV:    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

Romans 5:8 NIV:  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16-17 NIV:    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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Romans 6:23 ESV:   For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 1:9 ESV:    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Renewing of the Mind: (why we need transformation to love God)

We can better respond to God with love when we get a sense of what it is to be loved by Him. The way God loves us is Supernatural (forces or phenomena which are not subject to natural laws, and therefore beyond verifiable measurement). In a Supernatural way, the Holy Spirit working in us, brings about this supernatural understanding of love and helps us respond back to God in the same way. This change in our attitude toward God and others can only come by believing that Christ’s sacrificial love rescues us from spiritual death and through our decision to receive Him as Lord and Savior. Mainly through our relationship with Jesus, the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, do we have this ability to see God for who he truly is. We can properly view others through this same God filter as well and through the power of the Holy Spirit, be transformed to able to truly love others in a supernatural Christ-like way. In order to have this “God Filter”, one must have a “renewed mind”. One must also put on what is called the "new self " which is what we become when we have been transformed or reborn through the work of the Holy Spirit. This is an action item that does not always reflect on our character because our sin nature still stays with us, and we can potentially and temporarily revert back to the way we used to live before becoming a follower of Jesus. However, with this renewing of the mind through the Holy Spirit we are capable of having an eternal perspective and receive the help we need to live out the Christ-like change in character that has taken place in us.

The Bible tells us how to live a transformed life:

Romans 12:2 NIV:    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Ephesians 4:22-24 TNIV:     You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

So what is the "Renewing" of the mind?

  • Understanding the length God went to redeem His people.
  • Understanding the depth of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness and grace.
  • Undergoing transformation due to the filling of the Holy Spirit and being led by the Spirit and not the flesh.
  • Going through a process of Sanctification (God helping us to become Christ-like in Character) as part of our daily walk with God.
  • A desire to turn  from sin and turn back toward God
  • A desire to live in gratitude for all God has done.
  • A desire to live in awe, reverence and humility toward God.
  • A desire to apply God’s principles from His Word to help in our transformation and walk with God. 

Because of the way Holy Spirit work in us and through us, and the way God’s life changing Word gives us a deeper understanding of who God is and what He has done, we develop a heart attitude that transcends the bounds of this world and bring about in us, Christ-like qualities and perspectives that are found in the Lord Himself. This is the way God has designed the “New Self” (the new creation in Christ) to be and this is what is in store for God's children:

 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV:  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 Romans 8:14:  For all who are led by the Spirit of God as are children of God

In order to follow Jesus consistently and know how to live set apart to God, we need the Holy Spirit's power and guidance. 

John 14:26:     But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

We need Jesus’ help for Restoration and Reconciliation with God:

The truth is we need Jesus to restore our relationship with God. Because Jesus covers the sin in our lives that separates us from God. Jesus has made the only way that we can become forgiven in the sight of a Holy God. Our new life and new heart attitude are part of Jesus' rescue plan. We are acceptable to God because of Jesus and is not something we earned, but something that Jesus willingly did on the cross because of His amazing love, willing sacrifice and amazing grace.  Also, because of Jesus’ work and ministry, can we better understand the purpose behind God’s creation of mankind.  God loves His people and He desires that they love, serve and fellowship with Him for eternity.

Obedience to God’s Commands shows Love & Respect for God

We must also remember that God commands us to Love Him and others. But God is not forcing us to love Him. God is showing us that love is the most important part of our relationship with Him so we don't think we can please God by our good deeds alone. Loving God and others come primarily from a response of gratitude for the fact that God, the Creator of all things loves us even in our fallen and sinful state.

Romans 5:8 NIV:But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

If God wants to save us even though we have a sin and rebellious nature, shouldn’t we desire goodness and salvation for those who are in the same situation. Jesus doubles down on this love by His sacrifice on the Cross which paid the price for our sin. Followers of Jesus are called to respond obediently to this command to love God, obey His Word and abide by Jesus’ teachings because this is God's desired way we should love Him.

Mark 12:30 NIV:     Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Galatians 5:14 TNIV:     For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 

John 14:15 NIV:    If you love me, you will obey what I command.

John 14:21 NIV:      Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.

John 14:23 NIV:      Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

John 15:10 NIV:     If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

1 John 2:5 NIV:     But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. 

1 John 5:3 NIV:    This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

2 John 1:6 NIV:      And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

 By following God’s command to Love others, we show love to God and prove we are His disciples.

John 13:34 NIV:    "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:35 NIV:    By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

John 15:12 NIV:    My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

1 John 4:7 NIV:     Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God

1 John 4:12 NIV:    No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Reverence for God (living a life of worship and gratitude for God)

Having a healthy amount of respect and fear of God is another way we can show our love and reverence to our Creator. It is also a mindset that helps deter us from the trappings of sinful behavior. Fear of the Lord, which can also defined as reverence and respect to Him, is the path to wisdom and understanding. When we take into account God’s holiness and sovereignty we are more likely to abide by His principles.

Psalm 111:10 NIV:    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13:   And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

A big part of loving God is living a life of praise, worship & dedication to Him. We must daily keep in mind all He has done and respond back, revealing our gratitude by exposing the true condition of our heart. Some Christians only apply these principles on Sunday. We are called to live a life of worship.

Hebrews 12:28 NIV:     Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe

1 Peter 3:15 NIV:     But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

Deuteronomy 10:17-22:    For the LORD your God is God of gods and LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. Your forefathers who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.

 John 4:23-24 NIV:     Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

Psalm 96:1-4 NIV:     Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 98:4-6 NIV:      Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

Psalm 100 NIV:   Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Our desire to be Holy and conform to the image of Christ also shows God we are serious about pleasing Him.

Romans 12:1 NIV:     Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.

1 Peter 1:14-16 NIV:     As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."

Fulfilling God’s command to go out and make disciples proves we care about what God cares about. God spreads His message of hope through the witness of His people.

Matthew 28:18-20 NIV:    Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Acts 1:8 NIV:     But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Loving God even during Affliction:

Some people have difficulty showing love for God because they respond to Him in the same manner they respond to other human beings. They base their love for God on what He is providing at that moment in time. And if He is not providing what they want, they will perhaps determine that God is not a good God all the time. This performance based love does not bode well in light of eternity or in any kind of relationship because it will generate doubt about God’s unconditional Love or a person’s commitment to Love. Even when God allows for afflictions and suffering He is trying to get us to understand His goodness and love. He is trying to get us to turn back to Him because He provides what we really need, salvation.


This is why we need the Holy Spirit and God’s Word at the helm of our lives. We need to live by the Spirit and not the desires of the flesh because the flesh does not desire God and His will for our lives.

Galatians 5:16: But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

1 John 2:15-17 ESV:   Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

James 4:4 ESV;   You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

The consequences of the flesh: (It is not God who is tempting us to sin)

James 1:13-15 ESV; Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

So, with the perspective the Holy Spirit and God’s Word gives us, we can have a much different view about God and His love even when He allows for difficult circumstances and the testing of or faith.

The Holy Spirit and God’s Word open the doors of understanding to our hearts and minds so that we can understand God’s supernatural perspective and heart when it comes to sin and love. Therefore, when we respond back to God for opening our eyes to the truth behind our salvation with our praise and worship, this is a way we can show our reverence and love for Him.  This kind of loving response to God can be coined a “supernatural response to a supernatural God”. Let’s approach each day and make our best attempt to love our Lord through our actions, our thoughts, and our obedience to His Word as well as love our neighbor as God commanded.

The Blessing that awaits those who follow Jesus:

Remember this, Jesus has prepared a place for us. And Heaven is that place where there will be no more suffering, sorrow or pain. A believers suffering is temporary. The Bible reassures us about the future hope and glory we will have, and Jesus tells us He will take us to that place He has prepared.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV: For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 John 14:1-4 NIV; “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”


There is a cost to loving and following Jesus. When people put Jesus ahead of all else, they may put aside some things they loved more than Him. They may be rejected, mocked or persecuted for their identity in Christ. They may lose some friends or pushed aside by some family members.  However, Jesus paid a great cost to save us! He has adopted us into His family and restored us from a place of brokenness, sorrow and spiritual pain to a place of Joy, hope, purpose and blessing. That is why loving God and putting Him first is so beneficial to His followers.  Jesus tells us that in this world we will have trouble but to take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Because of who Jesus is and because of what He has done, we can still love Him during our moments of great difficulty, suffering and affliction.  

Putting God and His desires first:

The fact that we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior is the proof that we love God because it shows that we are trusting God with our lives and with our eternity. Our faith in God is what sustains us in this life. In fact, this life is our preparation for our eternity with God. How we use our time, talent and resources, will shed light on our love and devotion to God. By giving God the best of our time, talent and resources, we will play a significant role in the lives of those God sends our way. What a privilege it is to serve our Heavenly Father as we play a role in advance of His kingdom here on this earth.

So, as we try to live a life of worship, and show love for God, let’s remember that He is worthy of whatever sacrifice we need to make to put Him first. It is interesting to note that many people have experienced their greatest sense of peace while experiencing times suffering. This is due to the depth of their relationship, Love, faith and trust in God.

This verse shows us that Jesus desires to minister to us and is calling us to bring Him all our burdens.

Matthew 11:28-30 TNIV:     "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Followers of Jesus have a lot to be thankful for. The fact that they have a new eternal purpose and perspective on life can easily help them navigate the difficulties of life with a resounding joy. They have hope. They can be at peace with God. They can love sacrificially. They can live by faith knowing God will keep His promises. They have the Holy Spirit to guide them every step of the way. They can trust God with their lives and believe He will help them live a life worthy of His calling.   

It is easier to love someone knowing how much they love you. God has gone to great lengths to show us how much He loves us.

John 3:16-17 NIV:     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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

We have an awesome God worthy of our deepest affection. When we take to heart all that God has done to rescue us and to be in relationship with us, we can truly love God in response to His love for us.