Love and relationships have always been hot topics. People are interested in who’s with who and how happy they are amongst other things. Studies show that when a person’s love life is good, he/she is most likely to benefit in other areas. Through the lens of spirituality, you’ll find the same applies with God. Love is the hottest topic to Him, more than faith, holiness, and sacrifice, as they’re all rooted in love. Worship is the application and reflection of our love life with God. In this blog, I hope to invoke a heart check by asking, “How’s your love life?”
Because humans were created to be relational, there’s an innate desire to give and receive love. Unfortunately, circumstances often bring corruption, causing dysfunction in our hearts, therefore impacting relationships of all kinds in various ways. It’s the same with God and us. Since the fall of man, the greatest challenge of humanity is to maintain connection with God and each other the way He intended. Thankfully, Jesus, after living the perfect example, died and rose to ensure that our love life could not only continue, but last eternally.
In any relationship, there are necessities, like communication, time, affection, and humility. A good relationship never stops growing, even when it gains stability. It’s also founded upon more than feelings and has survived various seasons of change and challenge. In relating our love life to worship, you understand that it’s deeper than emotions. Worship is similar to love in that although it’s not based on feelings, feelings are normally involved when it’s genuine. It stimulates the person’s heart and God’s heart simultaneously in the intimate exchange of love until both are satisfied.
Worship, however, is more than the “bedroom experience” with God. It is the daily living, the actual walking out of love, which requires discovering what that even means or looks like. Your love life is your level of investment, shown through the following:
- Do you talk with Him or just to Him?
- Do you acknowledge that you need and appreciate Him?
- Do you seek His input on decisions before making them?
- Are you only affectionate or attentive when people are around or do you stroke His heart even when no one’s looking?
- How do you treat His family members, the ones you like and don’t like? Do you act as if they have nothing to do with Him?
- When you offer Him gifts, is it pure or only to get something?
- When things don’t go your way and challenges or even disagreements arise, do you leave Him or push Him away?
The answers to all of these questions and more determine how effective our worship is and how successful our love life is. As mentioned before, this impacts every area of our lives, relationships, finances, ministry, even health.
I hope that whether you’re rekindling a flame or fueling a fire that the heat is on in your relationship with God. Having a good love life with Him makes your natural life more enjoyable for you and those around you, whether a significant other, family member, professional or ministry partner, or friend. God wants you to be happy and to prosper in life. Maximize the opportunity by starting with your heart. Every day, be intentional about walking in love and enjoy where it takes you!