She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

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When two people get married, things go on in the mind. Does he really love me? Constantly there is a looking for evidences that the person loves me. There has often been confusion on this point because someone may ask, do you love me? They may say, yes I love you but you don’t seem to love me. I think, well, I told you I love you. I go to work don’t I? Doesn’t that mean I love you? But many people say, well yes intellectually, but I’m needing something else. Something to fill the emotional need of being loved the way I want to be loved.

There is a practice of some in seeking to determine whether the object of their affection returns that affection or not to take a flower and picking of the petals one at a time, they repeat the phrases, “she loves me, she loves me not”. It is believed that the phrase that is spoken when the last petal is taken, supposedly represents the truth whether they are loved or not. That’s how far people go to work it out.

Love is one of the most important things we need yet it’s one of the most confusing things. We say in one breath, I love God or I love my mother, we also say, I love my goldfish and I love hotdogs. We put them all in the same phrase as love. We also get very confused with the behavior of love. Young people engage in a relationship to the dishonor of their parents and they call it love. Their parents call it infatuation. A mother indulges the child in every wish the child has and she calls it love, but the Bible calls it bad parenting. A man enters into an adulterous relationship and he calls it love, but God calls it sin. Religious leaders lower the gospel standard and they call it love but the Bible calls it worldliness. What is the behavior of love?

Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Do you love God? Does God look to humanity for love? He does. He comes to this earth and He searches the hearts of men looking for love to Him. The greatest of the commandments is love. We are to love God with all our heart with all our soul and with all our strength with all our might. But is it possible that we say we love God when in reality we don’t? Can we get confused in our language of love to God?

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:

Have you ever been told that you’re loved when clearly the actions show otherwise? Is it a bit of a mockery on the words “I love you”? It almost makes me tired of the phrase “I love you”. A man may say to God “I love you God” but if there isn’t an expression of that love, we’re lying. Jesus asked Peter this question three times and He asks us the same today. This question comes to us today.

John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Did Peter love Jesus before this experience? If you were to ask Peter, he would say, oh yes, I’ll go to death with Him. But did he express that love in action? He didn’t express it in fact, he expressed the exact opposite. Jesus asked him three times if he loved him and then said, if you do, feed my lambs; go and do something to show it. Peter said, Lord you know. God knows whether we love Him or not. He doesn’t have to pick a flower and say she loves me, she loves me not. God knows whether we love Him or not but we don’t know whether we love Him or not. That is the problem. This is what we want to examine. Are we expressing our love to God the way the Bible tells us to?

There are many who regard the expression of love as a weakness, and they maintain a reserve that repels others. This spirit checks the current of sympathy. As the social and generous impulses are repressed, they wither, and the heart becomes desolate and cold. We should beware of this error. Love cannot long exist without expression. {MH 360.1}

Love has to be expressed. There has been many a man who has found someone to marry, got married and just suppose that because he told her he loves her on the day they got married, he doesn’t have to say it again? He’s made his vows and yet the expression isn’t there and so love that does not express dies, and so our love for Christ can wax cold, is that biblical? Because iniquity abounds the love of many dies off? Iniquity is the opposite of love. Its expresses hate. What is iniquity? Lawlessness, and transgression?

Transgression is sin? Transgression is breaking the law? What is the law? Isn’t it the testimony? The testimony is the expression of who someone is. We stand at the front of the church and give our testimony we relate our experience. God gave His testimony on Mt. Sinai as the Ten Commandments. They are His testimonies, if we break them what are we essentially doing? We are saying that we do not like who God is. Iniquity is the expression of hatred and because iniquity abounds, love can’t grow with hatred. It dies away. What is the first way to express love to God? I want you to consider how do you show your love to God? And if you do, do you show it to other people? The first expression is found in the book of John 14:15. A very simple statement. Jesus says, if you want to know how to love God:

John 14:15 If ye love me keep my commandments.

Is that fair enough? If you love me then respect me. You’ll actually keep what I have to say. Now we think, keeping the commandments, that seems to be opposed to love. There’s the law, there’s the love of God; and they’re two different things. That’s the ideas that go on in people’s heads sometimes. But Christ says, ‘If you love me keep my commandments’. What are you willing to do for love? We can do an incredible amount. Love can make us climb mountains, cross-seas and traverse deserts. We can do whatever we like when we have love. Christ says, ‘If you love me, keep my commandments’ because there is a power in love.

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Is love a motivator? If you are motivated for Jesus you will keep His commandments. Doesn’t that make sense? It’s not a matter of, ‘Okay Lord, I love you. Now I have got to keep your commandments’. No. If you have love, you will keep His commandments. If you’re wondering, do I love God? If you love me then, keep my commandments Christ says. People may say, ‘well that’s the New Testament commandments.’ You know those words are actually repeated in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:6. You can read it there. This is not a different set of commandments the New Testament comes up with at the expense of the old. It’s a different wording of them, yes. But notice what Exodus 20:6 says. This is in the second commandment.

Exodus 20:6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

When Christ said, if you love me keep my commandments. He’s reciting the Ten Commandments, the second commandment in fact. If we love Him we will keep His commandments. I want you to see the language of this text beautiful text in James:

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

God promises to those that love him the crown of life. If you endure temptation, you get the crown of life. Therefore enduring temptation is acquainted with loving God. Do you see that in the text? If we love God, can we endure temptation? When we are tempted, if we will dwell on the love of God and think, could I do this sin against the person whom I love? You can’t do it. There is a power that prevents me from going sinning and falling under temptation. What is that power? It’s love because love works; the faith that works by love. This is the first way of showing our expression to God, i.e. resisting temptation and keeping and holding on to His sayings.

The Second Expression of Love

The second way of expressing our love to God is found in when you love somebody, do you appreciate what they do? Yeah of course you appreciate what they do but when you appreciate something, what you normally do you say? You say thank you. Is that unreasonable?

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

In everything, give thanks. Can you do that? Or can you do it only in some things? If we thank God, give praise, honor and glory to Him for things He does for us, it is an expression of our love to Him. If we can’t thank God, if we live life like we have a thousand problems, trials, and there is nothing to be happy about, then are we expressing our love to God? Do we love God? If we love Him, won’t we thank Him for the things He has done for us? Has God done enough for us to deserve a thank you? He sure has! He deserves a thank you in everything – give thanks. This should be applied even in our homes. Does someone in your house ever do something that you appreciate? Have you told them? Have you actually said, thank you for that? Saying these small words of thank you to someone who has done something that you appreciate is a stimulus that will repay you in your relations.

As per verse 15, don’t render evil for evil. Now you might think, well I can’t see anything good about a certain person therefore I have nothing good to say so all I have to say is bad. I’m returning bad for bad. The Bible says that is rendering evil for evil. Don’t do it. If you can’t think of anything good to say, don’t say anything. If you look for something good to say you can find it; you will honestly find it. You might think, well I don’t have the warm fuzzy feelings to say thank you, I don’t feel like I mean it. There’s something interesting about love; true love is a rational volitional action. You have to choose to do it. And if you choose, if you make the will, if you set your will to it isn’t that you? Are you a will? You’re a will. You have a will and that will power is what you need to exercise.

If there is something that you appreciate and you will to thank that person for it, then do it and you mean it. The Bible says love your enemies. Do you always get warm fuzzy feelings about your enemy? Some people think that they have to wait for the day they have an emotional billow of love toward people that do wrong. It’s not about that it’s about making a choice to activate the love of God in a rational volitional way. That’s the difference with infatuation. Infatuation isn’t love at all because infatuation doesn’t require the decision of the will you just can’t help it. Your will has almost no power in a matter, you’re just in love, but it’s not even love at all. It’s not even worthy to be called love because there is no choice of the will involved and because of that.

Often people fall in love with very odd people in very odd circumstances because it wasn’t the choice of the will. Do you know why else infatuation isn’t love because it’s effortless. You don’t have to make any effort whatsoever. When we love God, does it require effort? Does it require diligence? The word diligence and effort are the same word. Do we have to be diligent in our walk with God? Yes, and if anyone wants a successful marriage there must be diligence in expressing love.

The Third Expression of Love

The third reason why infatuation isn’t love is because it doesn’t encourage personal growth. Infatuation often says, “well I just love them the way they are, they don’t have to change.” Genuine love discriminates. Not discrimination in reference to colour or race but that I cannot marry such and such a person because they’re just not suited for me. I’ll love them enough to give them space. That’s love. Infatuation won’t do that. It will no encourage personal growth. In everything we are to give thanks to God.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

What is God telling us? What does He want from us? What is meaningful to God? It’s meaningful to God to tell Him thank you. God appreciates that. If we love Him and we read that’s what He interprets as an expression of love, shouldn’t we give it to Him if we say we love Him? Shouldn’t we find reasons to give him praise and thank Him?

Daniel’s Life

If any had a reason to complain I believe it would be Daniel. Daniel is in trouble for praying three times a day. There has been a law passed among the Persians that if anybody is found worshiping anyone other than the king, they will be thrown in the lion’s den. Daniel realizes that law is going to cost him his life; He’s just had a death decree.

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel has just received his death decree and he goes up to his room and he thanks God. Can you do that? He hops on his knees and he thanks God. Daniel is greatly beloved of heaven. It says of him in Daniel 10 “greatly beloved”. When we express love, do you know that expression of love actually returns to us? You try it one day. Be kind to someone; see what he or she does back. Generally they give kindness back. If you smile at someone, what do they give back? They generally smile back. There is a giving and receiving and that was Christ’s words in the New Testament. Give and it shall be given unto you full measure pressed down, overflowing, more than you can ever deal with.

Daniel expresses his love to God. He is expressing something meaningful to God and then God calls him beloved. God loves him back; they have relationship together. Do you believe we need to be like Daniel today? I believe it so. I believe Daniel’s life was to typify the life of the last day people. We need to be on our knees and thank God for everything. We can’t do this unless we’re acquainted with Him. Proverbs says acquaint your selves with God. That’s what we need to do.

Psalms 69 records Jesus expressions on the cross and you can see evidence of that as you read verse 21.

Psalms 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

That verse is referring to Jesus. He is hanging on the cross, and notice what it says in verse 30:

Psalms 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

We have straight from God’s word what makes God happy. Thank you’s, praise and happiness makes God happy. That is the third way that we can express our love to God:

When a sense of the loving-kindness of God is constantly refreshing the soul, it will be revealed in the countenance by an expression of peace and joy. It will be manifest in the words and works. And the generous, Holy Spirit of Christ, working upon the heart, will yield in the life a converting influence upon others…. {AG 325.2}

Have we not reason to talk of God’s goodness and to tell of His power? When friends are kind to us we esteem it a privilege to thank them for their kindness. How much more should we count it a joy to return thanks to the Friend who has given us every good and perfect gift. Then let us, in every church, cultivate thanksgiving to God. Let us educate our lips to praise God in the family circle…. Let our gifts and offerings declare our gratitude for the favors we daily receive. In everything we should show forth the joy of the Lord…. {AG 325.3}

The Forth Expression of Love

We need to cultivate more thanksgiving to God. What is closely connected with thanksgiving? When you are thankful, what is very closely allied with that; another expression of love? How do you say thank you to someone? You can say it verbally, or you give a gift? As we want to say thank you, giving a gift is another expression of love to God.

Mark 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

To offer God an offering is a way of saying, I love you. It is expressing love to God. We don’t give an offering to make God love us. Offerings are an expression of our love to God. We must always bear that in mind.

Exodus 25:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

When does God receive our offerings? Is it when we put it in the box? Is that when God takes it? If we give it willingly then He takes it. I could give a large amount grudgingly and it wouldn’t accomplish what a small amount does with all the heart. What does that tell you about God? Does He greedily want things? He owns everything, why would He want them? He just wants an expression of love, and if it’s an expression of love, it doesn’t matter how small it is if it’s from your heart, God can deal with that. He can take it and he can use that to benefit His people.

Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

A gift is like a jewel. Whoever has received that gift, they just like to look at it because it’s expressing the love in someone else’s heart for you. Wherever it turns it prospers, sparkles and shines. Do you desire to be a gem for Jesus? We sing the little children’s song, “When He cometh to take up His jewels.” If we give our life to the Lord, He will take our life and it will sparkle and prosper wherever it goes; if we are the gift.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

As we dedicate our life to God, it becomes a jewel in His hand, it sparkles, He likes to look at it, and it will prosper wherever it goes. Do you want to prosper wherever you go? Then give yourself as a gift to Jesus.

Every offering, however humble, bestowed in his name and from love to him, is precious in his sight. Parents value their children’s gifts, not because they are rich and costly, but for what they express of loving self-denial, of tender thoughtfulness and grateful appreciation. So does our Heavenly Father regard the gifts of his children. He sees in them a spirit of devotion and sacrifice, the expression of a grateful, loving heart; and such offerings are as fragrant incense before him. {RH December 6, 1887, par. 16}

Do you think of what Jesus has done for us? In our last message, we learnt about the atonement of Jesus Christ. Do you want to say thank you for that atonement? We can never repay what Christ has done for us, never repay it. But you can at least say thank you the way God sees as meaningful. That means come to Him with our offerings to church as we worship Him. Giving of offerings is an act of worship. But if our heart isn’t given with those offerings, they are essentially nothing to Him because its love He wants. If we give ourselves with our offerings, then it is beautiful before God. In giving with our heart, He sees the love that we have for Him, and He loves us, His expression of love flows back to us even stronger.

The Fifth Expression of Love

Another way of expressing our love for God is found in more than just giving things and saying things. There’s a problem with just giving things and saying things and leaving at that.

Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. 15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? And who knoweth us?

If there is thanksgiving, offerings, and a form of religious worship yet in the dark corner of our lives, our behavior is contrary in action. It doesn’t really say, I love you. Do all our thanksgiving and offerings and worship before God avow anything before God? When He sees, He sees everything. Everything is open before Him even when we deliberately act against His will thinking no one sees. We think we can retain church popularity and people will still appreciate our religious exercises, yet God sees what’s happening in the dark. Do we really love Him if that’s our behavior; not at all?

Isaiah 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me?

What’s the purpose?

Isaiah 1:11 Thus saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

What tells God that we love Him? Our words and offerings will tell Him that we love Him if our heart is there, but if we are neglecting fundamental Christian activity then what are we saying to God? We’re saying, I don’t love you. God gets tired of all the religious activity when the life is lived in sin. Christian service is an expression of our love to God.

1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Don’t just talk about it, do it. God sees that our actions are a very strong expression of our love to Him. The Bible is telling us what God interprets as love so that when we love the Lord our God with all our hearts, we can actually express that love the way He wants it, not the way we want to give it.

Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee,

What does God want?

Deuteronomy 10:12 …but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

What does God want from us? Heart service in His cause. Christ came to this world to save the lost. That was His mission. He’s saying, look I’m requiring your love and to serve me in this great cause of saving others. If you’ll help me in my cause and serve me, that is an expression of your love to me.

This happens in marriage. The wife may ask something to be painted or something to be fixed and it never gets done. Well that’s essentially saying, I don’t love you. But when it’s done, when there’s an active service, when something is done in the marriage, you don’t have to say, I love you”, the action says it. I need this done sweetheart please, can it be done? If it gets done, that’s an expression of love. So our Savior and Lord who loves us so much say, I got a mission. I need to save other people. Can you help me? Now if we say, yes, I’ll go sir, and don’t do it, then it’s vain. God is not just about words. He’s about the action, of doing it. That tells God that we love him. Matthew 25 contains a principle that we want to consider. This is speaking of those who have. When the Lord was hungry, they fed Him and visited Him in prison.

Matthew 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Our expression to our neighbor is actually an expression to whom? It’s an expression of love to God. If I say, I love God, yet I hate the person next to me, I’m a liar. You’re telling God you hate him. This is a big challenge when people are close to us. Generally the closer they are, the more you’re able to hate them. That’s why people go from loving each other in marriages to divorces never speaking to each other again because the closer you’ve been, the more capable you are of hating. Who hates God the most? Lucifer. Who’s been the closest to God? Lucifer was. We just have to look around us. How do we treat the people in our lives? Do we treat them the least? What we do to the person we don’t like we’re doing to Christ, if we will do kind activities for that person, expressions of love that is meaningful to them, then we’re telling God we love Him.

The Sixth Expression of Love

Another expression of love is touch. If a child is never touched, what happens to that child emotionally? It can die. The child can die. It is destroyed emotionally. It needs to be touched. Now when Jesus came to earth did He have a principle of touching the leper? Would anyone want to touch a leper? Who touched them? Jesus did. Now you think “Well I mean Jesus isn’t here I can’t touch Him, I can’t put my arm around Him. How can I express my love with a touch?” If you’ve done it to the least of these my brethren, you’ve done it unto me.

John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

He’s talking about washing each other’s feet. I want to connect this Bible verse with the statement in Bible Commentary Vol 5 pg. 1139. If you’ve done it to the least, you’ve done it unto Jesus.

“All ye are brethren.” As brethren we are identified with Christ and with one another. As brethren we are identical with Christ, and through His grace identical with one another. {5BC 1139.3}

Notice this.

And as we wash the feet of Christ’s followers, it is as though we were indeed touching the Son of God. We do this act because Christ told us to do it, and Christ Himself is among us. His Holy Spirit does the work of uniting our hearts. To become one with Christ requires self-denial and self-sacrifice at every step. {5BC 1139.3}

What is that saying? As we wash our brethren’s feet with all our heart, it is as if we are touching the feet of the Son of God. When I read that statement, I never engaged in foot-washing the same way ever again; as we treat our brethren we are doing it to Christ. Speaking of ministry to others.

It is fellowship with Christ, personal contact with the living Savior, that enables the mind, heart and soul to triumph over the lower nature. Tell the wanderer of an almighty hand that will hold him up, of an infinite humanity in Christ that pities him. It is not enough for him to believe in law and force, things that have no pity, and never hear the cry for help. He needs to clasp a hand that is warm, to trust in a heart full of tenderness. Keep his mind stayed upon the thought of a divine presence ever beside him, ever looking upon him with pitying love. Bid him think of a Father’s heart that ever grieves over sin, of a Father’s hand stretched out still, of a Father’s voice saying, “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me, and he shall make peace.” Isaiah 27:5. {COL 388.1}

When there’s someone in need and we give them a warm hand, that touch, to touch the feet, to give service is doing it to Christ. That tells Christ we love Him. We’re not doing it for men. Our service for God is for God not for men. Although we have a human being in front of us, our expression is to Jesus Christ and our love for Him. If you treat everyone the way you treat Jesus, you will be doing well.

The Most Important Point

Now all these issues; obeying his commandments, saying thank you and giving Him praise and honor, giving gifts, giving ourselves as a gift of true Christian service and of touching people who the world despise are expressions of our love to God but there’s one other and without this one all the others don’t matter.

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

We might come to church and give offerings and praise to God and commit our life to Christian service by helping other people and being kind to them and casting out devils and doing wonderful things for others, but Christ says He didn’t know me. What does Christ want? He wants you to know Him as a person. Now what do you need in order to do that? You need quality time. Do you think a marriage can exist long without quality time? God is saying, if you want to express your love to me, give me some of your time. Give me some of your undivided attention. Some people crave for that. I just want you to sit in front of me, look at me, talk to only me for a little while, and let us get to know each other; that is meaningful to them, not to be talking while you’re doing something else. Yes, that has got its place and it’s nice but they want undivided attention.

The Lord is a very good example. If anyone wants to learn how to love, someone just copy God. He says, we are going to have a day or week, one whole day, twenty four hour period where it’s just undivided attention that I want from you. He made the day and it’s called the Sabbath rest. On that day you’re not allowed to work, you’re not allowed to be occupied with and do other things. You have to be with me. Now if you don’t love God that would be something you’d want to get rid of wouldn’t you? If you didn’t love God, in fact you probably want that one nailed to the cross, if you didn’t love God. But if you love God wouldn’t you cherish a day with Him?

Now He says, I’m going to make a day for man. I’m not going to make the man for the day. I’m going to make the day for man. And I’m going to call it the rest, the Sabbath. It’s not a Jewish rest because it’s the Sabbath of the Lord God. It’s not the Sabbath of the Jews. It’s not the Sabbath of the Old Testament people. It’s the Sabbath of the Lord your God. If He’s your God then it’s His rest, not other peoples. He made this rest for you to spend with Him. God looks and says, who will keep my Sabbaths? Who will delight in it, who will actually really love me?

If you wanted time with someone who had a hobby and you said, “I don’t want you to do your hobby I want you to spend time with me.” If they really didn’t like doing that what would that tell you? You’d get the overwhelming communication that they don’t love you as much as their hobby. God wanted to put us to the test. He says “If you keep my Sabbath, not doing your own thing, not speaking your own words nor doing your own pleasures but spend time with me and call that a delight, then I will know you love me. Then you’ll get to know me and then all the other wonderful works you do will be acceptable.” The thanksgiving will be meaningful; the offerings will be meaningful because you have given me your time, and time you can’t replace. Time is a bigger cost than money. You can think “If I give ten dollars I’ll just do over time and ill recover that for myself so really I won’t give too much for God”. But time you can’t replace.

Time spent with God is the all-important test for today; whether you want to worship God who created the heavens and the earth, and dwell on what He has done for you. It is a day where you can reflect on all the gifts He’s given you. If your heart will respond back in love and praise on that day, then it’s doubly, doubly blessed. If you do well on that day, if you give your offerings, and most abundant praise, wouldn’t that be very meaningful to God? Indeed, it would.

And so the question: ‘She loves me she loves me not’ is a question God asked Peter “do you love me?” Do you really love me? Will you spend devotional time with me? Will you come away apart from the busyness of the world and talk to me? That’s what God wants to know. Do we love him or do we love him not? God knows. Do you know? Do you know whether you really love him? If we love him, then we’ll be saved.

It is my prayer that we can put this into practice in our spiritual life as well as in action to others to give other people those things that are meaningful to them that are incorporated in Christian service.


Posted on June 4, 2013, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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