Loving You MOST, Jesus {day 5} : Practice

DSC01151“Attention, Israel!
God, our God! God the one and only!
Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!
Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.” 
(Deuteronomy 6.4-7, The Message)

In the Old and New Testament, God commands us to love Him MOST.
To teach this to our children by our words and our living.

He knows we’ll be challenged. He supplies all we need to accomplish this as best we can on this side of heaven.
His love, ready for the receiving.

Giving Jesus love. More love than everybody and every thing else, including self.
Our whole heart. All that’s in us. All that we’ve got.

DSC01001Growing to love Jesus MOST takes practice.
A lifetime of practice.
As we practice, God grows our hearts.

As we practice, our love for ‘other’ will move to its rightful place.
As we practice, He cleanses and prepares our hearts to yearn for more.
More of Him. More of His love.

Consider some of God’s love languages. Practice.

DSC01189Words: Tell Him – riding in the car, vacuuming, waiting in line, on hold on the phone…”I love you, Jesus. I want to grow to mean this more and more.” He doesn’t need to hear it. He wants to hear it because He knows what this will do in us when we express love to Him. Worship – sing, listen to songs that express love to Him. Pray.

Time –  Every breath we breathe is God-given. Practice giving Him time. Being still, reading scripture, learning about Him.

Obedience – Trying to submit to what He says.

Surrender- Giving to Him what we want. Deciding to trust God that what He has for us is better than anything that we think is best for us.

Serving – Giving His love in me to others, as He leads.

Sweet Jesus, help me to practice loving You MOST. Amen.

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