Speaking God's Love Language
Jeff and I have been together for some time now.
When we first dated, our infatuation stage was soooo sweet! Why? We never argued, we intentionally made time to be with each other, and it seemed like he always knew what to do to put a smile on my face. Whenever we were together, it was a vibe -- we had so much fun!
13 years and 3 kids later, we're at a different (better, and more realistic) stage of our relationship. At our last anniversary dinner, I asked him, How did you manage to keep me so freggin' happy in the early days? He simply answered, "I paid attention to what came out of your mouth."
"What do you mean by that?", I replied.
"Well, whatever you said you didn't like, I made sure I didn't do that. What you said you wanted your future husband to do, I made sure I did that. All I did was pay attention to what you said, and then did it."
That got me thinking...
God is our solid rock.
He is loyal. He must be, because no matter how poorly we treat Him, He sticks with us! Think about it. If someone we're attracted to texts us, we drop everything we're doing to type out the perfect reply. We flat out clear our schedule if someone we care about pulls up to our house for a surprise visit. We buy books and raid Google to confirm our mate's top love languages.
Once we figure out what that love language is, what do we do? We do everything that pertains to what that love language requires (in other words, do certain actions that reflect that style of receiving love).
But, what do we do for God?
We do what WE think shows Him that we love Him...
We make sure we go to church.
We read the "Verse Of The Day" in our Bible app.
We thank God for the food we are about to receive.
We thank God for waking us up, and for starting us on our way.
However, do we go the extra mile for Him the way we do for our love interest? Do we pay attention to what He tells us to do, and warns us not to do? Do we actually apply the words we are reading in our Bibles?
It's high time we start putting respect on our relationship with God.
It's time to learn, and live out, His love language...
Being a Believer, you've accepted King Jesus not only as your Savior, but as your Master, right?
If yes, a servant cannot be greater than their Master, right?
If yes, King Jesus is our ultimate example of how to live out this human experience.
As our prime example, so much can be "heard" from how Philippians 2:5-8 shows how Jesus lived His life. So much so, here's the full text:
"The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: He always had the nature of God, but He did not think that by force He should try to remain (become) equal with God again (take advantage of His supernatural abilities). Instead of this, of His own free will, He gave up all He had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death -- His death on the cross." -- Philippians 2:5-8 GNB
According to this, Jesus expressed His obedience through submission, sacrifice, servitude, and being obedient all the way to the end...
Need help putting the Word "into practice"?
You spent money and time to show your loved one how much you care about them this Valentine's season. Now, let's use God's love language of OBEDIENCE, to show Him we care about him even more:
1 - submit your free will to God's purpose for your life
2 - sacrifice yourself (confess and repent your sins, give any struggles and future plans over to God, and use any talent/s you have to bring Him glory in some way)
3 - show love & servitude (follow His commands, read His Word, find ways to apply His Word in your every behavior, and find ways to serve others), and lastly
4 - tell God you want to be OBEDIENT! Now beware: if you diligently seek Him for this, He WILL allow life to put you into situations to prove your obedience to Him. I've learned this firsthand! The beautiful thing is that He will bless you and give you the strength you need to endure, all the way to the end!
God's love language = obedient faith! Trust Him enough to hear His Word, choose to be obedient to it, put it into practice, and show Him just how much you love His way of doing things.
Fun fact: the Hebrew transliteration for 'hearing' is שְׁמַע (pronounced "sh"-"mah"). It means 'to hear, then obey'.
I pray you choose, right now, to turn down the noise of whatever life is throwing at you, find ways to turn up the volume of God in your Spirit, and turn your hearing INTO obedient action to our loving Father.
Within the walls of Changing Lives Christian Center, Mercedes contributes to the Dance, Media, and Weddings & Events ministries. Beyond the walls, she's a creative, a writer, an entrepreneur and a professional in the Aviation Industry.
Utilizing honesty, open discussion, and transparency, she uses her experiences, commitment to God, and the potent teachings of Pastor Paul B. Mitchell to implement the Word, and walk the narrow path of King Christ...
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