There is more to loving God than just saying: “I love God.” Few are willing to make the connection between giving of themselves and the profession of love. Mothers the world over make daily sacrifices, most of which go unnoticed and unappreciated, in order to keep their home in order. Fathers work long hard hours in order to support their family. Even the house rules that parents make are for the benefit of children, who are usually convinced that their folks just don’t want them to have any fun. As they mature, they confess otherwise.
Many profess to love God. Their sacrifices are innumerable and their sincerity undeniable but the central question to the idea of loving God is in His revelation: Did God reveal how He wants us to love Him or does whatever we choose to give Him suffice? From Abel to the present day, God has been specific in what it is that pleases Him. It is within the revelation of God’s will that we discover what it is that God desires, and He is seeking those willing to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).
Therefore, when people say they love God, how can you tell? What has God revealed? Jesus said: “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Therefore, since God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) and we are to do all things by God’s authority (Colossians 3:17), we have revealed by God what we are supposed to do and we can know what is revealed. In the doing of it, we profess our love.
If someone really loves God, by his or her fruits you will know it. Do you love God?