"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." Matthew 22:37
Did you notice that Jesus didn't say to love the Lord thy God with thy mouth? Many people say they love Jesus but their heart isn't in it. Jesus said that there are those who "draw near Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him."
They say they love Jesus but they don't keep His commandments. They don't do the things that please Him, they don't live according to His word, they don't follow His will, they don't serve Him. The true sign that we love Him is that we keep His commandments. "If a man love me, he will keep my words." (John 14:23) If we love Him we will live by His word and it will be evident in our lifestyle.
They say they love Him but they never commune with Him. They only go to Him in prayer when they have a problem, are in need, need His help or or facing a difficult situation that they can't solve. They don't talk to Him when things are good and all is well. They neglect the place of prayer day in and day out. They have no fellowship with Him. They don't enjoy spending time in His presence just because of who He is.
They say they love Him but they rarely go to His house. They show up occasionally, when it is convenient for them. Going to God's house is not a priority for them. (I am not talking about those who can't go for one reason or other. I am talking about those who say they love Him but just don't go.) On the other hand, there are those who do go to His house out of religious duty, because it is the thing to do. They are there to make a "showing". They are there to fulfill some responsibility, but afterwards never give another thought about God.
They say they love Him, but they never read His word. The Bible lays on a table somewhere collecting dust-- if they even know where it is, or even have one. How can you say you love Him and not want to get to know more about Him? How can you say you love Him and not want to read His letters to you?
Jesus doesn't want your "lip service", He wants your heart. He wants what you say to line up with what is truly inside of you. If you love Him with all your heart, soul and mind, it will be evident in your life and it will come out of your mouth. And when you love Him from your heart, your life will back up what your mouth says.
Have a great day. Anybody can say they love Jesus, but if they do their life will back up what they say.
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