Sam Storms of Bridgeway Church in OKC had some great insights into what it looks like to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”. He demonstrates this evidence for love of God by modeling his own love of his wife. He are some reflections.
1. Affections for her. Much has been said stressing that love is more than mushy emotions and that love is a choice. It is a choice, but love is not less than affections. A variation of John Piper’s illustration on duty versus delight: John shows up at the door with anniversary roses and his wife answers the door and says “oh Johnny, why did you?” He answers “it was my duty” which doesn’t work out well for him. He replays the scenario, this time answering his wife “I couldn’t help myself. Nothing makes me happier than to buy roses for you.” Now this would never receive the response “nothing makes you happier? You are always thinking of yourself.” Do we delight in God?
2. Loyal to her. If I say I love my wife but she discovers I am having an affair, she will know I am a liar. Are we, the bride of Christ, adulterous?
3. Protective of her. If someone is threatening my wife or slandering her name, it will not end well for that person. Are we eager to defend God’s name when it is mocked?
4. Spend time. with her. If you don’t desire to spend time with her, you probably love something else more. What do we spend our time on?
5. Talk with her. We want to hear from and know at greater depths the one we love. How is our prayer life?
6. Increase her joy. If you love your wife, you want to please her, not irritate her. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15. Are we obedient?
7. Brag on her. “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” C.S. Lewis. How is our worship?
8. Tell her you love her. When has your wife become tired of your saying I love you? You are unlikely to hear “can’t you be more creative?” or “please! Come up with something else!” Tell Him you love Him.