The "L" Word
There’s an old song sung by Rod Stewart called, “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.” Of course, it’s talking about love in a romantic sense, but it also rings true for our relationship with God.
In the study, Experiencing God, the author points out what he calls the “Seven Realities of Experiencing God.” The first reality is that God is always at work around us. Many people don’t recognize that He is working - doing a million things at once, but He is.
The second reality of experiencing God is that He pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal. Think about that. The God of the universe loves you and wants you to love Him back! But love is a funny word in our culture. We love a sports team, we love a food, and we love Netflix. But when it comes to God, we are much more reserved about that using the “L” word.
And while we know He loves us, after all, most of us can recite John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” But it seems difficult to say that to Him. Sure, there are worship songs in which we declare we love Him, but to just say, “God, I love you,” seems a little awkward.
In fact, if someone asked you to describe your relationship to God, would you say, “I just love Him!” Yet Jesus said that’s the greatest commandment – to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. For some of us, the best thing we could do is to look up toward the heavens and say out loud, “I love you, Father God.” That’s a pretty great way to start the day.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
Pray and tell God you love Him.