How must we love God? Most actually don’t know how to love God the way God demands from each of us. There are many kind of lovers in the world but only a few actually love that which is good. Most love the world and all the pleasures contained therein. Only a select few love God and his divine Word of truth correctly.
Lovers of God
God takes second place to none and expects first place in the lives of His people. Jesus said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your, heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mt. 22:37). We cannot please God if we fail to love Him. Yet there are those who are “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God . . .” (2 Tim. 3:4). When men find no pleasure in loving God and do not want to retain God in their knowledge, God will give them over to a reprobate mind, to “do those things which are not convenient” (Rom. 1:28).
Lovers of Good
Too many have pleasure in that which is bad and dislike that which is good. God expects us to be lovers of good men and good things. One of the qualifications for elders is that they be lovers of “good men” (Tit. 1:8). We need to think on “whatsoever things are of good report . . .” (Phil. 4:8).
Lovers of the Brethren
We cannot love God and not love fellow brethren. Paul said, “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen” (1 Jn 4:20)? “Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another” (Rom. 12:10). We are told, “Let brotherly love continue” (Heb. 13:1). We must to be saved, Peter said, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Pet. 1:22).
Lovers of the Truth
Few actually love the truth of God. The truth is the Word of God (Jn. 17:17). The Psalmist said, “Therefore I love your commandments above gold; yea above fine gold” (Psa. 119:127). Loving the truth can be a matter of life and death. Paul told the Thessalonians, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” (2 Thess. 2:10). Thus, they were sent strong delusions to believe a lie (2 Thess 2:10,11).
Conclusion: Most people love the sound of their own voice and opinions. Oddly, most reject God’s word in lieu of man’s philosophy. Paul warned the Colossians, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Col. 2:8). Paul said, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:5). Gospel preaching must not be with “enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor. 2:4). Man, by worldly wisdom cannot know God nor His will.
Paul told Timothy that people would be “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:4). Paul said, “But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives” (1 Tim. 5:6). Loving pleasure keeps many from obeying the Word of God.
If we truly love God we will keep his commandments (Jn 14:15). If we truly love God we will love fellow brethren. If we truly love God we will love His Word. If we truly love God we will reject the commandments and doctrines of men (Tit 1:14). If we truly love God we will cast off the pleasures of the world.