Gongmaster Yogi Ray
One day Chloe and I were watching TV together. I was sitting on one end of the couch, and she was lying against me, snuggled up under my arm. At some point I looked down at her and said, “I love you.”
“I know,” she said in a matter-of-fact tone.
I laughed. “You do?”
“How do you know I love you?”
“Because you always tell me.”
“Is that a bad thing?”
She giggled. “No, I like hearing you say it.”
I started listening to myself. I found that Chloe was right. I’m always telling Chloe and Cole that I love them. The thing is, I don’t even have to think about telling them that I do. I simply open my mouth, and the words come out.
I don’t just verbally state my love for Chloe and Cole. I also tell them through these articles (they’ve just become aware that I’m doing this. In years to come, they’ll read these articles and see the written expression of my love for them). I show them I love them by providing for their needs, such as food, clothing and a roof over their heads. I also demonstrate my love for them by spending time with them.
Do you know that your heavenly father loves you? He does.
Just like me with Chloe and Cole, God doesn’t have to think about whether he loves you. His love for you is automatic. He loves you in spite of your sin (Romans 5:6). Yet it’s not enough for him to love you in spite of your sin, his desire is to save you from it (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
He tells you he loves you through his written word, the Bible. He proved he loves you by sending Jesus Christ to die for our sins. After accepting Christ as your savior, he gives you the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:21-22), who speaks directly to your heart. He also tells you he loves you through worship, prayer, and fellowship with other believers.
So how (and how often) are you expressing your love to him? Do you read the Bible he has so graciously given us? Do you listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit? Do you worship, pray, fellowship with other believers and serve others in the name of Christ?
All of these ways — and more! — are ways we show God we love him. Not in order to be saved, but BECAUSE we are saved.
What ways can you think of to express your love for (to) God today?
Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and ongainesvilletimes.com/life.