How to fall in love with Jesus: 5 practical tips (2023)

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Rather recently, I stumbled upon a life altering reality: It is one thing to know facts about Jesus, but quite another to understand truly how much He loves you. Did you know that Jesus actually desires you to passionately love Him in return? Did you know He’s actually desperate for a relationship with you? So desperate that He’d even die for your love!?

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I’ll admit, when I first heard that I was a little taken aback. “Why would Jesus so desperately want me to love Him?” It was a nice sentiment to hear “Jesus loves you,” but I didn’t care all that much. Yet, there came a point in my life near the end of high school when I yearned for something deeper. I didn’t want the world’s view of love and happiness (sex outside marriage, drugs, money, etc.) because I found it doesn’t last. However, on the other hand, I didn’t want the dryness of church doctrine and regulations. What I wanted was a love affair that would last!

I wanted to love and be loved, yet everywhere I looked, love had failed me. I found myself wondering if anyone would truly desire all the love I had tucked up inside. I was so eager to give it but I was also totally ignorant to the fact that there was Someone waiting for all eternity just to receive this particular love from me.

That’s right. As I stated earlier: the One waiting for my love was Jesus Himself. I couldn’t believe this was possible, but I now have complete certitude it’s true. Jesus, while He is perfectly divine is also human, and desires authentic love just as we do. It is a universally understood reality that all humans thirst for love! We have been programmed this way in God’s likeness. God is Love itself. We have this desire from Him.

I remember a time, not too long ago, when I was laying across the steps to the altar at the Carmelite Monastery in Buffalo. All the lights were off, the chapel was completely empty, and it was a hot summer day. I was quietly sobbing. I had done so much wrong, and I was so unhappy. Looking for love, I decided I would give Jesus a chance. Jesus had been pursuing me like a lost lamb. It was like jumping into an ocean of mercy. I was afraid at first, but once immersed, I came to know Jesus’ passionate love for me!

However, something was still missing. I was letting Jesus love me, letting Him heal me from my mistakes, knowing in my heart He’d never let me go. Then one day while lying in bed I felt in my heart Jesus saying, “I love you Maria, but do you love Me back?” I could hear the desire and aching in His heart: How He longed for me… This Man had died for me… How could I not love this Man who loves me so desperately?

I said, “Yes my Jesus, I want to love You.” Then the gospel story of the “Anointing at Bethany” came to mind. It is my favorite Bible story. It’s about a sinful woman who, uninvited, rushed into a dinner party Jesus was attending and began crying and kissing Jesus’ feet, cleaning them with her tears and hair (Luke 7: 36-50). I wanted to be that woman! She loved Jesus so much! So whenever I heard that story I imagined that girl was me… I still do. My life has never been the same. I have a joy that is beyond anything I’ve ever known.

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Perhaps some of you reading this may want this kind of relationship but are unsure where to start. This is a radical love unlike any other, and sometimes you have to take a big leap of faith to find it! If you’re ready to take that leap, have no fear! It takes baby steps. Here are five tips I used to cultivate this friendship and I now share with you on how to fall in love with Jesus Christ!

5 practical tips to falling deeper

  1. Silence: Jesus often comes to us in the most quiet moments. This world is very loud, aggressive, and pushy. Jesus is in the stillness; He is gentle and inviting. Sitting in the quiet is very difficult for many of us. I found that starting with five minutes a day and then increasing in little increments gradually over time helped me a lot. This doesn’t mean your mind needs to be completely blank. For some it may mean sitting in the car with no music on for a bit or mediating on Jesus in the scriptures. In order to truly love someone we must learn how to listen.

  2. Write Letters to Him: Sometimes my mind runs a million miles a minute, and I need to structure my thoughts out on paper. Perhaps you could try writing letters to Jesus. Tell Him how you’re feeling, ask Him questions, let Him know how much you want to love Him, or even thank Him for all the beautiful gifts He’s given you! Think of it as a letter to your best friend or possibly a love letter.

  3. Apologize: When someone has hurt us, and they come back to apologize, doesn’t that make you feel better? When we’ve sinned and hurt Jesus, the whole reason He’s so sad is because ultimately we’ve hurt ourselves. A sign of a healthy relationship is knowing how to apologize. In Confession, we speak directly to Christ Himself through the priest. Speak your sins as if you’re apologizing to your best friend. It will bring you and Jesus so much closer!

  4. Frequent Mass and Adoration: St. Greg’s has three daily Masses and perpetual adoration, which means that Jesus is always exposed and waiting for you. When we want to be healthier we need to start working out two or three times a week, at least, to help boost our metabolisms. If we want a healthier relationship with Jesus, come to Him multiple times a week, if possible, instead of once. The Mass and adoration may be “boring” for someone who doesn’t fully understand what’s actually taking place. Study up! Talk to a priest! Mass and adoration changed my life so drastically.

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  5. Love EVERYONE around you: Loving and serving others around you is loving Jesus. When you help a hurting friend, restrain from gossip, treat your parents well, or do extra little tasks for others, remember you are doing all that for Jesus! He is in every single person you meet throughout your day. When we hurt others, we hurt Him. When we love others, we love Him. If you want your relationship with Jesus to flourish, start by loving the people its hardest to love. Sometimes this means we need to start with our own families.

It isn’t always easy; no relationship is, but every day I fall in love all over again. I can’t help myself. This is a love so real, so true, and so firm in foundation it cannot be broken. I know the truth now, and I can never stop loving this Man! I never knew I had the capacity to love Someone this deeply, and I still have this whole lifetime ahead of me! My prayer is that everyone chooses this love, especially you! I challenge you to give Jesus a chance. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Believe me!

Your sister in Jesus Christ,

Maria Catherine Gianna Suchyna

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Maria is a sophomore at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a member of the Daughters of Divine Mercy Household. She is studying Psychology to become a Catholic Marriage & Family Counsellor. A kid at heart, she loves "dad jokes", Oreos, a good hike, and climbing trees. Maria will never turn down a good conversation or dazzling sunset. She lives joyfully by the motto, "don't take yourself too seriously."

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How can we show our love for God answer? ›

Answer:
  • Pray to God. Tell God that you love him and love his creation. ...
  • Do good things. This will show how much you actually love God. ...
  • Honor God's name. ...
  • Love yourself so that you can love your neighbour. ...
  • Love your enemies. ...
  • Practice forgiveness and compassion with others.
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How can I grow my love for God? ›

Pray daily to God.

Honestly talking with God daily is how you begin and continue a loving relationship with Him. God knows everything, but He wants to hear it from you. He wants to hear about your day, your struggles, and your accomplishments. He wants you to ask Him questions.

How does God want us to love? ›

He wants us to experience incredible, life-changing love, mercy, and compassion not only from him, but from those around us. And he wants us to show that love to others. The call to love and help others in tangible ways — especially those weaker than ourselves — runs throughout the Bible.

How do I connect with Jesus? ›

4 Practical Ways to Stay Connected to Jesus
  1. Build a Daily Practice of Prayer (even if it means praying in the bathroom) Prayer is simply a conversation with Jesus. ...
  2. Develop a Daily Practice of Reading the Scriptures. ...
  3. Continue Your Faith Education with Spiritual Reading. ...
  4. Meet Regularly with Others on the Same Journey.

How do you love God with all your soul? ›

Loving the Lord with all our “soul” means loving the Lord on good days and on bad days and on all days in between. It means having an eternal love affair with Him because of his extravagant love for us! Loving God with all our life is not a wishy-washy love. It is not controlled by feelings.

How can I practice my love life? ›

Unconditional love is never easy; but with a little bit of practice, it's reachable.
  1. Love is not how you feel, it is more about how you act. ...
  2. Adapt your love to others. ...
  3. Give unconditionally to yourself. ...
  4. Love can sometimes be uncomfortable. ...
  5. Learn forgiveness. ...
  6. Show love to those whom you think don't deserve it.

How do I grow in love? ›

With that in mind, read on below for a few effective ways to help love grow in your relationship, according to experts.
  1. Cuddle More Often. Ashley Batz/Bustle. ...
  2. Make Eye Contact. ...
  3. Have A New Experience. ...
  4. Express Love & Appreciation. ...
  5. Keep Asking Questions. ...
  6. Hang Out More Often. ...
  7. Solve Problems Together. ...
  8. Pay Attention & Give Attention.
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How can I desire God more than anything? ›

Here are a few biblical tips to help you pursue God wholeheartedly:
  1. Pray that God will give you a desire for Him. ...
  2. Remove (or put in check) the things in your life that you love more than Him. ...
  3. Spend time in meditation and prayer. ...
  4. Get around others who desire God.

How did Jesus show his love for us? ›

Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus showed His love for others by blessing and serving the poor, the sick, and the distressed. He told His disciples, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12; see also John 13:34–35; Moroni 7:46–48).

How do you love according to the Bible? ›

Scripture. 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a (ESV) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

How can you show Jesus that you are worthy of his love? ›

Repentance Is Key

The only thing we need to do to feel worthy of His love is use the power of His Atonement by repenting of our sins. Repentance is the key in recognizing our self-worth and the love of the Savior.

What is genuine love in the Bible? ›

So here is a snapshot of what genuine love looks like: It is patience, generosity, humility, courtesy, restraint, joy, and consistency.

What are the important things for love for God? ›

This will show how much you actually love God. ...Honor God's name. ... Love yourself so that you can love your neighbour. ... Love your enemies. ... Practice forgiveness and compassion with others.

Do we need to love Jesus? ›

You must love Him with all you are.

In Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus, who is God, states, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

How do rich people express their love for God answer? ›

Show God's Love with Generosity. Show God's Love by Encouraging. Show God's Love with Acts of Kindness. Show God's Love by Praying for Others.

How do we show our love for God and neighbor? ›

Hospitality, prayer, encouragement, time, and attention are great ways that we can show God's love to others.

How do you show love? ›

Five Ways to Express Love
  1. Gifts. Some people express and feel love through gift-giving. ...
  2. Acts. Another way to express love is to do something kind or helpful for another person. ...
  3. Time. Spending quality time together is also an expression of love. ...
  4. Touch. Love can be expressed through physical affection. ...
  5. Words.
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How can you express your love to your family? ›

7 Ways To Show Your Family Members You Love Them
  1. Eat Dinner Together. Sharing a meal with family members can build better relationships and create exceptional social skills. ...
  2. Gifts. ...
  3. Have A Good Time Together. ...
  4. Apologize and Fix Your Mistakes. ...
  5. Share Certain Aspects of Your Life With Your Loved Ones. ...
  6. Hugs. ...
  7. Say Thank You.
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