I Love Jesus. I Want To Love Him More. Here's What I Do (2023)

I love Jesus, and so do you. But don’t you want to love Jesus more?

What kind of a question is that? No, Mark, I love Jesus but want to love him less. And I want less joy in my life. And while we’re at it I’d like fewer blessings.

Often, my love for Jesus feels even weaker than my love for opera (no offense opera lovers). I’m sure it’s my ignorance and lack of ability to appreciate the glories of people dressing up like Vikings and singing in Italian.

Wait a minute! I’m just kidding. Don’t fill up the comments section with rebukes. I know opera isn’t really about people dressing up like Vikings and singing in Italian. Opera is about pinball wizards, like in “Tommy” by The Who.

The Critical Importance Of Loving Jesus

Ever try to light a match on a windy day? Even though I love Jesus, sometimes my love for Jesus feels about as strong as a match flame in a hurricane. I’m not happy about my weak love for Jesus. I take seriously Jesus’ warning to the church of Laodicea about being lukewarm.

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:14-19)

These words to the church of Laodicea are sobering. We in America live in a prosperous nation. Compared to much of the world, we have prospered materially. But we never want to forget how needy we are spiritually.

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We always need the Lord to fill us with love for him and to keep us from the love of the world. We need Jesus to continually fill us with passion for him and his kingdom.

Jesus said in Luke 10:27:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

I don’t know about you, but I desperately need God’s help to love him in this way. Because I am so easily distracted, I’m so easily drawn to love other things. There are many times when I love Jesus, but not to the degree I desire.

I want to love the Lord my God with ALL my heart and soul and strength and mind, but I need him to help me.

And the good news is, Jesus does not command his people to do anything that he will not give them the grace to do if they ask him.

So ask Jesus to give you more love for him. Ask Jesus to help you delight in him and enjoy him and make him your treasure above all other things.

And do not let the weakness of your love for Jesus cause you to despair. For any genuine love for Jesus, even if it’s as small as a mustard seed, is proof that one is born again. Unbelievers don’t love Jesus and don’t care that they don’t love Jesus. Only genuine believers love Jesus and desire to love Jesus more.

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My Desire To Love Jesus Pleases God

What wife wouldn’t be blessed if her husband said, “Honey, I’m not content with how much I love you. I love you, but I want to love you so much more.”

The desire to love Jesus more says we recognize he is worthy of our all. That his infinite glory demands infinite love, praise, and worship. That our love for him doesn’t match his worthiness to be loved.

A toddler can’t possibly love her mother the way she should or appreciate all the ways her mother loves her and cares for her. Yet when that child says, “Mommy I love you” that child’s imperfect love brings joy to her mom.

So it is with us. When we come to our heavenly Father and tell him we love him, even though we can’t ever fathom his infinitely glory and beauty and majesty, it brings him joy.

Most of us know we’re pretty poor servants of Jesus. We’re just earthen vessels that easily break. We often muddle and stumble along as best we can, like little kids who make a bigger mess trying to help than if the parents had just done it themselves. (How many times has Jesus had to clean up after me). Yet somehow even our feeble, flawed love for him brings a smile to his face.

I’m so grateful Christ bled on the cross for all the imperfections of my bungling love and halting, feeble affection. And grateful that even my match-flame of desire delights him, because he’s the one who lit that fire in my heart, no matter how small it seems.

If I Love Jesus and Want To Love Him More…It Changes My Focus

Instead of focusing on my lack of love for Jesus, I focus on his love for me.

We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).

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See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…(1 John 3:1)

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39)

The best way to start your day is to call to mind his love for you:

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:21-23)

So let us focus on God’s incredible love for us, and ask him to keep fanning the flame of our love for him. Here is my hope. I don’t love Jesus as much as I should, but I will. Increasingly. For all eternity.

If I Want To Love Jesus, Remember The Depth of My Forgiveness

In Luke 7 a woman of ill repute shows up at a meal Jesus is attending in a Pharisee’s home. She breaks open a flask of expensive ointment, then, weeping over Jesus’ feet, wipes them with her hair and anoints them with the oil.

The Pharisee, named Simon, most likely disgusted that Jesus would let this unclean woman touch him, thinks if Jesus were a prophet he’d know the kind of woman this is and have nothing to do with her. Jesus tells him:

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“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” (41-43)

Then after mentioning Simon’s lack of courtesies – he didn’t wash Jesus’ feet, welcome him with a kiss or anoint his head with oil – he pointed out how the woman washed his feet with her tears, kissed his feet and anointed them with oil. Then he delivers the punch line:

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. (47)

Before he saved me, Jesus let me sink into a self-made miry pit of sin, selfishness, and misery. I couldn’t get out and couldn’t stop sinning. God is sovereign. He could have kept me from sinning. But he allows us to plunge deeply into sin. One of the reasons is so that when he does rescue us, we’re far more amazed and grateful than if we’d never sinned.

The same thing happens even after God saves us. He could keep us from ever sinning again. He could deliver us instantaneously from all pride and anger and self-centeredness. But he allows us to fall and struggle at times so we’ll have a fresh appreciation of his grace, forgiveness and love. And as a result, we will love him all the more.

John Newton said:

Have you blown it repeatedly? Messed up so many times you can’t recall? If you haven’t turned to Jesus yet, do so today! He paid for every one of your sins on the cross and freely forgives all who call upon him in faith to save them. He’ll cleanse you of your every sin, and in turn you’ll love him much.

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Maybe you’ve believed for years, yet you’re discouraged in your struggle with sin. Remember, Jesus paid for all your sins long before he saved you. Ask him for forgiveness and he’ll forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. Not because you deserve it, but because he loves you. And you too will love much because you’ve been forgiven much.

I don’t advocate continual, morose, Eeyore-like dwelling upon our sins. But I DO advocate contemplating how much Jesus has forgiven us, because the more we realize the height and width and breadth and depth of Jesus’ forgiveness, the more we will love him.

The secret to loving God much: contemplate the immeasurable debt Jesus paid for you and how vast is his mercy and grace to you.

FAQs

How can I love Jesus more and more? ›

We've put together 15 disciplines and practices that can help ensure that Jesus remains your first love.
  1. Surround yourself with others who love Jesus. ...
  2. Commit to consistent Bible reading. ...
  3. Pray without ceasing. ...
  4. Remember His presence. ...
  5. Find ways to serve others. ...
  6. Take time to be quiet. ...
  7. Confess your sin. ...
  8. Be thankful.
22 Jun 2020

Why should we love Jesus? ›

Because he first loved us. Why do we love Jesus? Because he "gave himself for us." We have life through his death; we have peace through his blood. Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor.

What does it mean to love the Lord above all things? ›

The first and foremost of these three — the foundation of it all — is to love God. This primary call of a Christian can be misunderstood by exaggerating any aspect of it. For instance, some take the call to love God above all else as pure demand, to be dutifully obeyed by whatever determination we can muster.

What are the qualities of love from 1 Corinthians 13 1 13? ›

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

What did Jesus mean when he asked do you love me more than these? ›

While they were fishing, Jesus appeared to them. Following their breakfast, Jesus very appropriately asked Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than (you love) these things (your fishing nets and equipment)?”—that is, “Are you going back to your former trade or will you continue to follow me?

How do I show my love for God? ›

“You, too, can make the commitment now to love the Lord, thy God,” he said.
  1. 4 Ways to Express Love for God.
  2. 'Walk in all his ways'
  3. 'Keep his commandments'
  4. 'Cleave unto him'
  5. 'Serve him with all your heart and with all your soul'
  6. Soul Shine.
14 Feb 2022

Why is the love of God important? ›

When filled with God's love, we can do and see and understand things that we could not otherwise do or see or understand. Filled with His love, we can endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others in ways surprising even to us.

What does Jesus love mean? ›

It refers to the love of Jesus Christ for humanity, the love of Christians for Christ, and the love of Christians for others. These aspects are distinct in Christian teachings—the love for Christ is a reflection of his love for all people.

What does loving like Jesus look like? ›

To love like Christ be kind to others even when we don't think they deserve it. We can help others out of the goodness of our hearts and put a smile in their faces. Instead of treating others in an impersonal way, we can be friendly and kind with them even when we don't know them.

What kind of heart does God want? ›

What kind of heart is God looking for? Deuteronomy 10:16 says “God needs a circumcised heart”. We must therefore open our hearts to God by removing all reservations, coverings, secrets and unbelief. Only when we circumcise our hearts, can we be obedient and walk in the ways of the Lord.

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.

What does it mean to give God your heart? ›

— Romans 12:2. Giving your heart to God means a new life, a new purpose, a new sense of self. It means washing your earthly worries away, day after day, and trusting in Him to guide you.

What is the main message in 1 Corinthians 13? ›

Love according to 1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.

What is true love according to the Bible? ›

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ( 1 Corinthians 13:7) Notice the word “always.” Love is consistent. And it never gives up. God is calling us to live like this, not just on Sundays, high days, and holidays, but every day.

What are the 3 main qualities of love? ›

Psychologist Robert Sternberg's theory describes types of love based on three different scales: intimacy, passion, and commitment. It is important to recognize that a relationship based on a single element is less likely to survive than one based on two or more.

How many times did Jesus ask what do you want? ›

In the Gospels Jesus asks many more questions than he answers. To be precise, Jesus asks 307 questions. He is asked 183 of which he only answers 3.

Who did Jesus say he loved? ›

In the Gospel of John, the beloved disciple emerges as a close, personal friend of the Lord. Along with Martha, Lazarus, and Mary, John is described explicitly in this Gospel as one whom Jesus loved (see John 11:3, 5).

Where in the Bible does Jesus ask Peter if he loves him? ›

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

How do we love God with our strength? ›

And God has given us His Holy Spirit to help us love, and obey Him. If we love God with all of our strength, what it will look like, is that we are on a mission to make Him happy. It will look like we intend to do His will with all our might, and we do so as a body in motion, following Jesus.

What do I love when I love my God? ›

But what do I love when I love my God? No material beauty or beauty of temporal order; not the brilliance of earthly light so welcome to our eyes; not the sweet harmony of melody and song; not the fragrance of flowers, perfumes, and spices; not manna or honey; not limbs such as the body delights to embrace.

How do I fall in love with God again? ›

I find my love for God growing as I do the following:
  1. Think about Him. The more I think about Him, the more I fall in love with Him. ...
  2. Tell Him I love Him. When I tell God I love him, I find the words are very true. ...
  3. Spend time in His presence. ...
  4. Choose to do everything out of love for Him.

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 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.

What can I do for Jesus? ›

Honor Jesus by giving your time and energy to other people.

If you want to live your life for Him, treat others the way He did—by helping them when they're in need, forgiving them when they do things wrong, and loving them no matter what.

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 do we feel the love of Jesus? ›

Surely every Christian knows the love of God.
...
Here are three practical steps to experience more of God's love:
  1. Be dissatisfied with your present spiritual experience. Cultivate a holy discontent. ...
  2. Ask God to direct your heart into his love. This is a prayer, so use it. ...
  3. Gaze into the love of God in Jesus Christ.
14 Feb 2017

What does it mean to love God with your whole heart? ›

The answer is perfectly simple, and simply perfect. Jesus Christ taught: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” ( John 14:15) To love God with all of our hearts, we use our time, energy, talents and resources to keep His commandments. I invite you to reflect on how you use your time, energy, talents and resources.

What is God's greatest desire? ›

Throughout the Bible, the cry of God's heart is His desire for us to be His people and for Him to be our God. He created us for Himself, but He also created us with a free will. We can choose to love or not love Him.

What God desires most? ›

God's desire is that man yield completely to Him and cooperate wholeheartedly with Him for the highest of all beings and of the universe. Also, it is God's will to give to all men liberally without rebuking them for asking any and everything in line with the promise that they want or need for their good and His glory.

How do I get a burning desire for God? ›

Pray Daily

To keep your faith burning bright, start with the basics – prayer. Regular communication with Him will help keep the passion for Him burning. God is seeking communion and fellowship with us, but we must respond. Only God can open up the human heart to know Him.

How do I connect with myself to God? ›

5 Simple Ways to Connect with God Through His Word
  1. Something is better than nothing. This happens to be my mantra about Bible reading and exercise. ...
  2. Start with a Psalm or a Gospel. ...
  3. Listen to the Bible. ...
  4. Ask a few questions. ...
  5. Pray what you read. ...
  6. A prayer for connecting with God.
30 Dec 2020

How do I build a real relationship with God? ›

How to Build a Relationship with God
  1. Talk to Him through Daily Prayer. The greatest way to create and maintain a relationship with anyone, including God, is through communication, and we use prayer to communicate with God. ...
  2. Read the Scriptures. Quality conversations are not one-sided. ...
  3. Serve Others.
12 Aug 2017

How do I stay connected to God? ›

The short answer to how to stay connected to God is that we need to read his Word, spend regular time in prayer, and worship regularly with a community of Believers in Christ. These things are vital to maintaining our relationship with him. New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Plan (weekends off).

How can I grow closer to God? ›

12 WAYS TO GET CLOSER TO GOD RIGHT NOW
  1. Get quiet. ...
  2. Read your bible. ...
  3. Write out your prayers in a dedicated notebook; these can be for others or yourself. ...
  4. Go for a walk and talk with God. ...
  5. Meditate on Scripture. ...
  6. Put on some worship music and immerse yourself in the melody and lyrics. ...
  7. Marvel at the world God has created.
25 Aug 2016

What was Jesus most important message? ›

Love God and your neighbor

When asked which commandment was the most important, Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

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