How to Love God

By Ashley D

My go-to source in answering any “how to” question is almost always Google. My recent internet search history shows a whole slew of these requests: how to make yogurt, how to get to Santarpio’s in East Boston, and how to create a floor-cleaning solution using household ingredients.

But lately, I’ve been looking for answers to a more serious “how to” — how to love God. The importance of this question should be clear to any believer of the Bible — after all, it is the “first and great commandment” to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37-38). This commandment to love has been reiterated more recently by prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “love is like the Polar Star. In a changing world, it is a constant. It is the very essence of the gospel.” He also explained that “without love … there is little else to commend the gospel to us as a way of life.” So I get that it’s important. But beyond stating my love for God, what am I supposed to do to actually show it?

We all know love is about much more than words. In any relationship, be it among family members or friends, actions are the evidence of love. So just how can we actively love God — a being whose physical presence is not tangible? This is definitely a commandment that is easier to know than to live.

In searching for answers, I realized God has already provided a blueprint for us. The way Jesus Christ lived during his years on Earth is a perfect example of love as action. His actions weren’t always heroic or far-reaching. They were often small, simple actions of kindness and service. I’m pretty sure that’s something I can handle.

Below are two ways I will attempt to show my love for God. I hope these answers to the question of “how to love God” are helpful to any who might be seeking for a deeper relationship with Him.

— Practice the Golden Rule. Sounds simple, right? I don’t think it is. Treating others not only as I’d like to be treated, but as they’d like to be treated, requires leaving my comfort zone. It requires anticipating their needs and desires. It requires real thoughtfulness. When I’m at work, I’m focused on my work. When I’m at church, I’m thinking about what I can get out of it. I bet my experiences at both those places would only improve if I looked outside of myself for opportunities to help someone else.

— Attempt to draw closer to God. Jesus Christ exemplified this well in his documented communications with God, the Father. Likewise, seeking to be closer to God requires much more than a quick request through prayer. In John 5 we are told that the love of God is keeping His commandments. By thinking more of God throughout my day, I am more likely to align my behaviors with His commandments, and in turn I feel closer to Him.

I’m sure there are countless other ways to show love for God. Does anyone else struggle at times with the concept of actively loving God? What are some actions you recommend?

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16 thoughts on “How to Love God

  1. Brint says:

    Thinking about God’s love and His interest in each of our lives, I visited this website and found some really good ideas and principles that have blessed my family. Take a look: http://mormon.org/beliefs/plan-of-salvation. Truly, God is intimately aware of each of us and blesses us in so many unseen (or unnoticed) ways.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i have been lookin for ways to love my God…and hw u guy have reali show me ways am so so happy..God is love…

  3. Anonymous says:

    it is trully real

  4. Brint says:

    Love is as love does.

    Love is a verb.

    If I say that I love my children, that love is demonstrated by my behavior not simply my words. I sacrifice for them, I serve them, I ‘love’ them.

    If I love my wife, that love is demonstrated and continues to grow as I serve her in a way that she values, sacrifice what I want in order to meet her needs and demonstrate respect for her in word and deed.

    The same principle applies in my relationship with my Heavenly Father. How do I show my love of God? I serve Him. How do I serve Him in a way that He values?

    “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15)

    “he that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him.” (John 14:21 see also verse 24)

    “A new commandment i give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13: 34-35)

  5. zeinab(زینب) says:

    I love god veryyyyyyyyyy
    من دوستت دارم خدا خیلییییییییییییی

  6. bless,Adjei says:

    The Love of God is soo great.since we yet sinners He came and died for our sin.

  7. DAUGHTER OF ZION says:

    I want to use this medium to reach out to so many Christians who genuinely want to love God according to Luke 10:27. On the 28th of December 2012 at about 9am in the morning, I felt this great emptiness inside of me, and I began to cry without knowing why,I took it to God in prayers, I ask him why I was crying and the lord said to me, and I quote ”you are crying because you desire to love me more but you still do not know how” That statement got me more broken than I can ever be, this time I was wailing my heart out, I then ask him, how then can I love you more lord? Because I truly desire to love you more, the lord then said to me in that wonderful still small voice of his that is filled with so much love and I quote ” If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple”. Luke 14:26 the moment he said this to me I was filled with joy in my heart because I know that I am now ready to give my all, to me, it is no longer about visiting the sick, prisoners, giving alms or loving my neighbors as myself, it is now about my personal relationship with God outside outside everything i have ever known, it is about putting God first before anything, it is about seeking Gods permission in all my endeavor’s, it is about GOD and nothing else matters…He said to me if you can love me just like this I will send down to you from heaven these reward and he took me again to
    Isaiah 32: 16-18 it read and i quote “The LORD’s justice will dwell in the desert,
    his righteousness live in the fertile field.
    17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
    its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
    18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
    in secure homes,
    In just a few sentence, the lord promise to give me all I have been praying for, which is
    1. Security
    2. Peace
    3. Quietness &
    4. Confidence
    5 rest
    I just pray and hope this testimony of my personal encounter with the lord will go a long way in blessing many who truly desires to love God with all their heart and swore never to love themselve to the death.
    Shalom.

  8. ernie marin says:

    to become more effective to love God..is just to follow his commandments but everything are failed..that is why Jesus demonstrate his love to us until the last breath to show his love to us..how Jesus did? he sacrifice his life for us..sacrifice is one way to love God..self-control is another way to love God..to help others who are in need is one way to love God..the very best way to love God..is believe in our Lord Jesus Christ…Amen..

  9. Gracy says:

    What do you keeping god’s commandments? Like keeping Jesus’s commandment’s or the ten commandments?

  10. Honey Grace Escañan says:

    iF god love us, we have to love god in return, it’s not like we only love god because he LOVED us But,we have to LOVE god truely because he gives us everything we have now :)chiao :)

  11. Eric Munro says:

    As God is infinite, there are an infinite number of unique ways to express our love to Him.
    Learning how to love God in our own unique, individual ways can be a wondrous path of spiritual discovery.
    Have the thoughts:
    “OK how can I love God today?”
    “I want to the find the best, most effective ways to love God in my own daily life.”

    Every day, experiment and try different methods. God loves it when you try to love Him. The very act of trying shows your love for Him. Develop your own regular, daily practice of loving God.

    At the website http://www.howtoloveGod.org is the free book “Love Breathing.” It outlines methods that can help one habitualize loving God to every breath. These are methods I’ve been practicing personally. Practicing loving God daily has totally turned around my life, both inner and outer life.
    There is such sweetness and joy when you sincerely practice loving God with energy of the heart, in stillness of mind, to the rhythm of the breath.

  12. How to love God?

    This question sounds like the one related to how to be happy? And for me, in the question also lies the answer. That is, you love God by loving God, just as you are happy by being happy. Period. Both love and happiness are one and of the same nature.

    A few questions arising here are the followings: Who or What is God? And what does it mean to love God?

    Who or What is God?

    It is said that God is the ultimate Source of everything, and His love for us is unconditional and eternal. Personally, I believe it strongly. However, in order to understand Who or what is God, we must first know what He is not. In a word, God is not what we perceive with our physical senses, but the spirit, the essence of it. Therefore, in order to love God, we shouldn’t invest too much on the things manifested, which are merely idols, but on their Source.

    What does it mean to love God?

    Knowing that God’s love and blessings never stops and flows to us eternally, to love God then logically becomes to answer to His love for us in return, in the same way it is given to us. That is, we must give thanks to God incessantly, non-stop, and abundantly, in order to express our gratitude and thankfulness to Him.

    God’s love flows to us abundantly and eternally. Answer by incessantly returning to Him your gratitude and thankfulness every moment of the day, and in every circumstance. That is one way you love God in return.

  13. Love all People you don’t need to love God, God will love you.

  14. Teppo says:

    I agree that I can keep God’s commandments and thus show my love for God. Often this also helps me feel love for God but there are other times when I don’t feel love for God in any strong sense. Still, I continue to show love in actions because of my previous experiences. But it would be a lot easier if I could always have a strong feeling of love to God and then express it by my actions. What helps the rest of you to have a feeling of love for God more consistently?

  15. Brigham says:

    I think the best way both to develop or strengthen love, and to show love is to sacrifice something for the one to whom the love is directed. In this day and age probably not animal sacrifices (although I think those served this same purpose), but something else that we value. I love my family by sacrificing time for them. I can love God the same way: sacrificing time and resources to worship Him, sacrificing worldly aspirations to serve Him. This is exactly the example Christ set. I think you are right, there are countless ways to love God, but they all boil down to sacrificing something for Him.

  16. Kam says:

    I’ve been asking myself what loving God means as well. A few days ago I was reading Luke and happened to read a passage that I thought was enlightening in terms of our relationships with others and how God wants us to behave:

    Luke 6:32-34:

    If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. (NIV)

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