June 27, 2011
What is your opinion of yourself? Who do you think you are? The scriptures say that you are made in the image of God. The Psalmist said to God, “For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I am unique in remarkable ways” (Ps. 139:13-14).
God made you. God loves you. And God wants you. You have a place in His family. If you don’t understand this, you may think of yourself as an alcoholic, or a prostitute, but that is not the way God sees you. God sees you as His creation, and He longs for you to respond to His love. The most powerful thing you can do for yourself and others is to turn to God and give Him your life.
June 10, 2011
No other relationship is more important than our relationship with God. However, sometimes our relationship with God grows stale, or mundane. We are loving God, but we are doing it in the same old way, week after week and it has become ritual. We serve at the soup kitchen, or give our offering, without even thinking about God. It’s just what we do.
If you want to keep your love relationship with God alive, try speaking some new Love Languages. Instead of praying in the same familiar chair, stand up and pray or kneel or lay on the floor. Hold your offering in your hand and lift it to God as a symbol that this is an act of love. Then take it to church. God never intends that our relationship with Him become mundane.
June 9, 2011
Christianity is a love relationship with God. But what does that look like in daily life. In my book: God Speaks Your Love Language, I use the Five Love Languages as a model for understanding this love relationship. I am drawn to Christ when He speaks my Love Language. Then, I reciprocate by expressing my love to Him using my love language.
For example, if my love language is Receiving Gifts, then I am drawn to Christ because He offers to give me forgiveness and eternal life. I am overwhelmed with His gift. Then I show my love to Him by giving gifts. My money is His money. I take great delight in supporting missionaries and giving food to feed the poor. Love is always a two way street.
June 8, 2011
How did you come to give your life to Christ? Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father, unless the Spirit draws Him.” God’s method of drawing us is ‘love’. The amazing thing is that God individualizes His expressions of love. To put it another way, He speaks our Love Language. The man whose Love Language is physical touch, will say, “I felt God. My body was shaking. Tears were flowing down my face.”
Another man will say, “I came to Christ because I was overcome with the reality that Christ actually was willing to take my punishment and die.” His love language was Acts of Service. He saw Christ’s death on the cross as the supreme Act of Service.
June 7, 2011
Jesus said, “As often as you do it unto one of the least of these my brothers, you do it unto me.” We love God by loving others. However, how we express love will depend on our Love Language. My Love Language is Words of Affirmation. Therefore, I find myself freely giving encouraging words to those I meet. My wife’s Love Language is Acts of Service. So, she is always doing things to help people.
I have a friend who is always giving gifts. And another, who loves to take people to lunch and spend time listening as they share their stories. And yet another, who is always giving people hugs and pats on the back. All of us are loving God by loving others. We differ only in the Love Language we speak.
June 6, 2011
What is the greatest commandment of all? Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Why would you want to love God? The Apostle John said, “We love God because He first loved us.” Some time ago, I began a study of the various ways in which God expresses His love to us.
I discovered that God speaks all five love languages fluently: Words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, quality time, and physical touch. That study led to the publishing of my book: God Speaks Your Love Language. What makes one person feel loved does not necessarily make another person feel loved. God knows you, and He chooses to speak your Love Language.