How to Love God More

How do you love God more and avoid giving him scraps of love?

Have you ever been in a relationship where you only received scraps of love from the other person? If so, you know how frustrating it can be and how much it hurts.

I spent years receiving scraps of love from a man who couldn’t connect with me mentally, physically or emotionally.  We didn’t spend quality time with each other, and our conversations were almost nonexistent.

Twenty plus years passed us by and we never truly connected with each other. We didn’t continue to grow individually or grow together as a couple.

I was the mother and father in this relationship and continued living with him for the children. I spent years raising the children alone, doing all the household chores, paying the bills and managing the home.

He was only giving me whatever scraps of love he could muster up.

I accepted those scraps and it deeply affected us both and our relationship. I wasted years feeling disconnected, unsupported, unloved and not truly cared for in this dysfunctional relationship.

I wonder, how does God feel when we only give him scraps of our love?

 

How does God feel when you give him scraps of love?

God must be heartbroken when you avoid spending quality time with him in prayer and meditating on his word. He must be disappointed when you fail to connect with him mentally, physically and emotionally on a daily basis.

When you’re not growing spiritually in the Lord and closer to God as father and child would, you’re giving God whatever scraps of love you can muster up.

Unlike me, God requires more from you than scraps of love.

 

How does God want your love?

God requires more than bits and pieces of your love whenever you feel like it.

He wants all of your love and your full attention on him every day, not exclusive in church on Sunday or when you require something of him.

God wants you to love him with all of your heart, soul, and with your entire mind.

 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

God also requires you to love him with all your strength.

He requires continuous effort from you and wants you to make him the most important one in your life every single day and in every way possible.

God wants you to “walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments and to serve him with all your heart and soul”.

But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. Joshua 22:5

 

How do you know you love God?

How do you know if you love God and that you’re on the right track?

If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. 1 John 4 20-21 KJV

Take a look at the way you’re treating others.

 

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I’m not talking about your brother, the people in your family or close circle of friends. I’m talking about everyone you come in contact with on a daily basis.

How are you treating them?

How do you treat people you dislike or those who have done you wrong?

Do you love them as God has also loved you or do you dislike them?

If we love God, we will love everyone we come in contact with and will treat them as we would treat ourselves. We will live in honesty, respect others and forgive them as God has also forgiven us.

 

How can you avoid giving God scraps of love?

The best way to avoid giving God scraps of your love is to acknowledge him every day and in every way.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6

Don’t let a day, situation or a problem pass on by where you fail to acknowledge God. Make sure God is the number one priority in your life and don’t forget to spend quality time with him.

Always remember to give God praise for his love and the blessings he has given you. Keep your heart, mind, and soul focused on God always, and you will avoid giving God scraps of your love.

Written by Linda M Carleton
Hi! I'm Linda M Carleton, an abuse survivor, writer, and blogger who shares her testimony of God’s saving grace. If you want to overcome adversity and live an abundant life too, let's chat.