How to Fall in Love with God


Do you love God? I doubt there is a single Christian in the world who would answer this question with a no. But if we’re really being honest, can we truly answer it with a yes either?

And what about our students and children? Do they love Him with all their hearts, souls, and minds?

How to Fall in Love with God. (View post)About a year ago a sobering and humbling realization came to me: I didn’t really love God.

Yes, I would say I loved Him, I served Him, I spent lots of time thinking about Him, and I even loved His Word. But for some reason I just hadn’t been putting any real effort into simply loving God.

I had put lots of thought and energy into trying to loving others. (Didn’t Jesus say in John 13:35 that that’s how all men would know we are His disciples?) But for some reason I had missed that this was the 2nd commandment, not the first.

The greatest commandment is this:

Love the Lord thy God

So simple, so important, so transforming.

How had I missed it?

I was humbled and ashamed that I had spent so many years of my Christian life missing the whole point of it all. This is the one thing God most desires, and I hadn’t really given it a second thought. But I’m so glad that God loves us despite of ourselves and that He keeps working on us. I’m so grateful that He is patient with us as He reveals His truths to us one by one.

I determined that I would start focusing my energy on loving God. But my first question was – how do I do this? How do I just start loving God?

What I found was that loving God is not difficult because He is absolutely incredible. But if we want to truly love God, we do need to spend some time and energy on the relationship, just as we would any human relationship with those we love.

I find my love for God growing as I do the following:

  1. Think about Him. The more I think about Him, the more I fall in love with Him. I think about how amazing He is as a Creator, how selfless He is as a Savior. I think about how good He is to me, despite all I do against Him. I think about specific blessings He has given me and all He has saved me from. I contemplate how incredible it is that the God of the universe cares about me. When we think about how amazing He is, the awe He inspires fills our hearts with love and gratitude.

  2. Tell Him I love Him. When I tell God I love him, I find the words are very true. When I tell him why I love Him, this is even more powerful.

  3. Spend time in His presence. No relationship can grow without time spent together. The same is true with our relationship with God. When I determined to set aside specific time for prayer, my love for Him started increasing. I also find that music helps to focus my attention on Him and helps me worship and love Him more. (I wrote about this in another post.)

  4. Choose to do everything out of love for Him. From our church ministry to our mundane chores, our motives make all the difference. When we choose to do a task out of love for God, our love for Him grows. It’s just a mental task of consciously giving the activity to God as an offering. Maybe this is part of what He means by when He says, “Love God with all your mind.”

We can all work at loving God more. I know I’m still just starting out on my journey. But we also can’t stop at simply applying these lessons for ourselves. We must take time to teach our students and children how to love God. It’s the most important aspect of the Christian life, but they may be like me and have not really thought about how to truly love Him.

Teach your students and children how to love God by modeling these aspects for them and helping them apply them to their own lives. Help them appreciate His goodness and majesty. Prompt them to tell Jesus that they love Him. Spent time in His presence together, and remind them that everything we do should be done out of love for Him.

These are only a few ways that helped me fall in love with my Savior. What helps you love Him more? You can leave a comment here.

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Linda Kardamis

I believe that when God calls us to teach, He promises the strength & wisdom to do it well. All we need to do is keep learning, growing, and depending on Him. I'm here to provide practical advice and Biblical encouragement so you'll have the confidence and perspective to not only inspire your students but reach their hearts as well.

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C.T. Bing - May 17, 2014

awesome!!!

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    Suely - September 14, 2015

    My relationship with God is so private. Truer words, I can not say. I make so many mistakes. But he is my true north. When I’m paralyzed with fear, he is the one I call upon, he is the only one who comes to save me. So undeserving but he is always there. I’m not religious, I have to many issues with religion to be religious, yet I worship God. I pray to him for my family, for me, for all whom I care for. Especially for my daughter. I thank him for all the blessings he has given me and all the ones I never pray for or realize he gives me. I’m often lost, often ignore the voice of reason and I always take the long road around. But at my desperate hours, he is the one I turn to for help. Especially when I don’t even know if what I’m asking for is even good for me. Hense the long roads I travel. I have often been angry with God. Thinking that he should rescue me when I thought what I wanted, was what I needed. I fight him every day. I use the strength he has given me to fight for things that are damaging to me. I know all this as truth from my experiences only. Egocentric and opinionated for sure. I give so much of myself to others but not necessarily to God or the people who deserve it. A hot mess of contradiction. Such is the life of this Gemini.

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      Alison - July 8, 2017

      Yes Suely, absolutely agree, that should be kept private and respected. To be in love with god whilst we are here on earth is a blessing. Especially when forging new paths and creating new ways that protects and serves others from harm in the process. He’s always there, period. Amen x

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s welby - July 22, 2014

that’s all very fine – but how very damaging to true and oh so real human love. The love which actually delivers one on one. Who would ever want the religious ” agape” love when you have the total adoration of a true lover – let alone the precious love of one’s close family. Falling in love with god is for sad people who cannot find real love in this life

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    Linda Kardamis - July 24, 2014

    I completely disagree. First of all, when we understand God’s love, we are able to love others more fully and genuinely. Also, it’s not an either-or. We can and should love both God and others. And finally, if you’re thinking that loving God is inferior to loving others, you’ve never experienced how incredible God is!

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      Cathy - April 5, 2015

      I agree Linda. Experiencing true love with God first and having a real relationship with Him allows us to love others like ourselves, and this kind of love is very deep and selfless. A selfless love last forever and can withstand any storm. Lessons from Jesus our Savior.

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Sandy - August 30, 2014

Great points. They all help a person to slow down and think about God, meditate on God. By telling him you love him helps you to be focused on God and how wonderful he is to you. Stay the course and continue to love God. Thank you for blessing us with this.

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S.H. - July 5, 2015

I want to fall in love with God. I was in love with Him for many years and I miss the closeness I had with Him. I know I need to read my bible and focus on God’s word and His greatness. Yet I find it impossible to make myself read the bible. I am tired of all the hardships of this life and I no matter how hard I try to make myself love the Lord and His word I cant. What do I do?

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    RuralNurse - September 11, 2015

    SH,
    I too have begun to struggle with the question of if I love God. I know He is absolutely real and I fully believe the Bible. But I wonder if I really love Him or am just doing my duty in service Him and love others because He says to.

    My plan is to get to know Him deeper. I remember when I gave birth to my first child and he was put in my arms after a very long and painful birth. I just handed him to my husband and wanted to sleep. I nursed him and changed him over then next few days but that overwhelming love that a mother is “supposed” to have for her baby was not there. I was a bit worried. But then after even just a week or so, after I had spent so much time with him and got to know his cries, and he content face after nursing and a couple of sweet smiles, I began to fall in love with him! I experienced this with all of my 6 children. I loved them of course but I had to “fall in love” after I spent time and got to know them.

    I have decided that I will try to get to know God better. My plan is to spend time in His word and just with Him. I will ask Him to show me what I need. It makes sense to me that to love someone with all your heart, mind and soul…you need to know that One.

    God bless SH, I will keep you in my prayers.

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Gary - December 2, 2015

when people treat me unkind, or unfriendly or chooses not to spend time with me, I feel that is how I treat God some times. Yet God loves me any way. So I practice Gods style of love toward them and even towards my enemies . With this line of thinking I realize the love that God has for me , and this moves my heart to hate the wrong I have done toward Him. A deeper loves grows stronger, and makes me wont to spend more time in His Book and in a daily conversation with Him.

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Mz - December 11, 2016

I agree Gary

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Anonymous - February 2, 2017

I am so Thankful for all God has shown me and did for me and my Family, when I gave up on Live, God turn everything around, I had no Joy, no Peace, I cannot even begin to EXPLAIN. There is A God, I been through some unseen things ONLY GOD KNOW< HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD HAVE BROUGHT ME OUT, I'm Still Going Throw Keeping My Hand in God Hand, I NEVER GIVE UP ARE IN< THERE IS A GOD

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Sharon - July 13, 2017

Loving God! WOW! I spend time with Him, I have to talk to myself and to God in my head. I talk back and forth me and God and set myself up to study and spend quality one on one time. I have a 1 year old, 3 year old and a 29 year old living with me, working 40 hours a week, and spending time with them and God sometimes can be difficult. I like to study in quiet time and my house is busy, busy. I have learned to take time out and no sometimes/most times I miss the boat, but He loves me and I love Him so I try and make time and apologize when I don’t. We have to just keep at it.

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