Have you ever felt the desire to enter into a stronger, more meaningful relationship with God? Have you ever wondered if perhaps there was something simple you could do to strengthen your bond with heaven?
Well, today I would like to share one simple thing you may want to consider that could be life changing. That is, take a look at God’s Law of Love. I’m of course referring to the Law outlined in Exodus 20: 3 through 17. A simple summary of these laws goes like this:
1. Be careful not to have other God’s besides the Creator Himself
2. Be sure not to set up idols in your life
3. Do not take God’s name in vain
4. Keep the Sabbath Holy by refraining from work on that day
5. Respect your parents
6. Do not take it upon yourself to bring another life to an end (respect life)
7. Respect the intimacy of your marriage by not cheating on your spouse
8. Do not steal from others
9. Refrain from lying
10. Be content with what you have. Do not covet things that belong to others.
These laws are repeated throughout Scriptures, but I chose these verses because they are summarized neatly in one place.
I have heard many Christians say that they don’t need to focus on these Laws because paying attention to them is not the thing that will ultimately get you into the Kingdom of heaven. While it is true that keeping these Laws is not what our salvation is based on, you need to be careful that by deliberately ignoring them, you don’t wind up living in a dry and empty relationship with God.
Having a genuine friendship with God is all about a relationship. There is a Bible verse that I really like. It is found in the book of John, chapter 14 and verse 15:
“If you love me, keep my commandments”.
You see, Obedience is the natural result of love. We cannot claim to love God if we are not at least making a sincere effort to make His agenda important in our lives. Here on earth it would be hard to keep a friendship with someone who constantly does things that violate your conscience. Certainly that is easy to understand; and we need to transfer that same idea to our relationship with God. For two people to be in a bond, they need to respect each other.
Just a few verses later, continuing His conversation, Christ repeats His statement John, chapter 14 and verses 23 and 24:
“…“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words…”
I started this article with a question, and I think the answer is before us. If you want to have a more meaningful relationship with God, then it is important to take his Law of love to heart.
I encourage you to take a sincere look at the list above. Is there anything you feel you could do a little better? If so, bring it to God in prayer. Your life will never be the same!