Loving God With Heart - Kevin Park
Kevin writes on the importance of loving God with our hearts and unpacks what love is. He encourages us with Scripture and a reminder that faith is a continuous journey.
What is a heart?
The heart is one of the important parts of the human body that makes people alive.
It is “located in the centre of the chest” and is an “organ that pumps blood throughout the body” with the supplication of oxygen and nutrients. (Tanya Lewis, Human Heart: Anatomy, Function & Facts)
The heart is also a symbol of love, which probably is the most powerful and positive emotion.
Love is one of the most intense emotions that we experience as humans. It is a variety of different feelings, states and attitudes that range from interpersonal affection to pleasure.
Love can be defined as an intense feeling of affection with no limits or conditions for a person. (javaTpoint)
The full forms of ‘LOVE,’ that people created, are associated with life. Two of them are Life’s Only Valuable Emotion and Long-lasting Original Valuable Emotion.
So, the common ground between the human heart and human love probably is the centredness of something: the human heart is the centre of human beings and human love is the centre of positive emotions.
The Love of God
When people see someone who they love, their hearts start to beat but especially when they are nervous around them.
I think God’s heart is always pounding when He sees us from heaven. It is not because God is nervous when He sees us, but because He loves us so much that He wants us to live our lives as best as we can. 1 John chapter 4, verses 9-10, is one of the statements that illustrate how much God has loved us:
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Since God has desired every one of us to be in a relationship with Him like it was in the beginning, He has renewed us through Christ’s physical death.
When people cannot understand our love for them, we want to tear our heart and show it to them.
So, Jesus Christ dying on the cross could be an expression of God’s love. He literally tore His heart out to save us, His children, as the Scripture states.
He has already adopted us as His children.
It is just a matter of fact that we accept Him as our heavenly Father because He has already ready adopted us as His children. In fact, John chapter 1, verse 12-13 states we have given the right to become children of God if we believe in Jesus Christ.
Like God tearing His heart out to save us, we should tear our hearts to Him to illustrate how much we love God. Of course, we cannot literally tear them out
because we would be dead.
However, two ways of illustrating how much we love God are to seek Him and His kingdom foremost, and to put our 100% devotion into Him.
But how do we do them?
First, we must make believing in Jesus Christ the foundation of living.
When we want to believe in someone, we desire to get to know them better. Once we know them, we begin to understand and trust them. Trusting someone strengthens our belief in them.
Faith is a continuous journey. Believing in Jesus Christ is something we decide every day. It isn't a once off thing. Therefore, to continue to believe in Him, we need to continue to know Him deeper.
Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” before sacrificing His life for us (John chapter 17, verse 3).
I strongly think the Bible verse above sums it all up. Believing in Jesus Christ gives eternal life. But to believe in Jesus, we need to continue to know Him better. By getting to know Him more and more, we will eventually fall in love with Jesus.
My story and example
For example, I started to write devotionals as I wanted to encourage others spiritually. At first, I thought it was just a hobby of mine.
However, as the Spirit kept prompting me to write devotionals and to spread the good news of Christ, the desire within me grew stronger and stronger that I started to love God’s word. I also eventually fell so in love with Jesus that I cannot imagine my life without Him anymore.
The main reason for this is because writing devotionals was like fueling the fire of God’s calling on my life. I want others to live the abundant life in Christ that God has designed for them. At the same time, it inspires me to become a better example of Jesus as I encourage others in their spiritual journey with the Lord.
Now, I am one of the writers for the Christian Today online magazine. My writing life led me to become a testimony speaker at Waiheke Island Baptist Church. Due to these gifts, I don’t mind if I am a person with disabilities.
In fact, I count my disabilities as a blessing. Due to God’s amazing provision in my life, I stand before you today grateful that I am a person with disabilities. I hope that my life will inspire the body of Christ to live in the fullness of Christ’s Lordship, so that all people who do not know Him will come to faith as we reflect God’s salvation through faith in Christ.
So, make believing in Jesus as your life foundation and loving God will eventually fall into place!
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. (Romans chapter 10, verse 9-10)
Kevin Park is studying at Carey Baptist College and finds that Christian-writing is his ultimate will of God and his ultimate method to build the kingdom of God. He started to become a Christian writer from 2013. Other than his writing life, Kevin desires to see that each finds everlasting satisfaction in God, the Almighty. You will be able to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He loves to encourage others spiritually.
// This article originally appeared on Christian Today, but the author has shared it with Rhythm to post, with additional material added.
Photo by Rebecca Hoverd.