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This is a Bible study on Love to GOD.     Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  1 John 4:16

 

Love to GOD

 


Why should we Love God?

The reasons to love God are infinite.  Everything we are and hope to be is because God chose to love us, to love me, to love you.   We can do nothing without God.  We can do nothing to please God without love.

 

Because He first loved us

We love him, because he first loved us.  1 John 4:19

God loved us before we were given life by Him.  The scriptures tell us that God loved us when we were inside our mother's womb.

The Scriptures tell us that we love God, because He first loved us.  We are unable to do anything without God, even love Him.  Because He loved us first, we are able to love Him.  This fact of Scripture is very humbling.

 

To keep God's covenant and mercy

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  Deuteronomy 7:9

 

To receive God's blessings

And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thin kin, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.  Deuteronomy 7:13

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

O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  Psalm 31:23

 

God hears our voice and prayers

I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.  Psalm 116:1

Every day, we should thank our Creator, our God for hearing all our prayers.

 

Prosperity

Pray for peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.  Psalm 122:6

Prosperity is beyond material things or money.  True prosperity is connected to the things of God.  We must learn what God holds dear, we must seek out what are true treasures and put our time, our prayers, our trust and devotion to the things of God, not the things of this earth, because the prosperity of God, the treasures of God are in Heaven, not on this temporary planet.

We are to love the things that God loves.  We must never forget that the connection between Jerusalem and God are eternal.  We are to pray for peace of Jerusalem.

 

God loves those that love him

But if any man love God, the same is known of him.  1 Corinthians 8:3

God knows all who truly love Him, and God knows who doesn't.  It doesn't matter who says they do on the outside, God sees in our hearts and He knows who loves Him completely.

 

God lives in those that love him

No man hath seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  1 John 4:12

 

To fulfill Godís law

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  Romans 13:8

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  Romans 13:10

 

It is the first and great commandment

Jesus said unto him, 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.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Matthew 22:37-39

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  Mark 12:30

 

 


How are we to love God?

We are to love our Lord God with all that is within us (Psalm 103:1).

We are to love the LORD our God with:

  • All our heart
  • All our soul
  • All our might
  • All our mind
  • All our strength

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

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  Matthew 22:37

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  Mark 12:30

And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  Luke 10:27

 

 


How can we show God we love Him?

We can show God how much we love Him through our obedience to Him, by trusting in Him, by praying to Him, by worshiping Him, by studying, keeping and doing His word, by living our lives to Him in love, by praising His holy name, by telling others about Him, by loving Him and loving others.

 

Love and worship ONLY GOD

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  Matthew 4:10

 

Studying, keeping, and doing His word

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  John 14:23

Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.  Deuteronomy 29:9

 

Love God by keeping his commandments

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

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and with manifest myself to him.  John 14:21

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Fatherís commandments, and abide in his love.  John 15:10

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

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.  Deuteronomy 5:10

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  1 John 5:2

 

Love each other

And this commandment he we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.  1 John 4:21

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  1 John 4:20

 

Walk in love

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  Ephesians 5:2

 

Follow after righteousness

The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.  Proverbs 15:9

 

 

 


What does God promise to those who love?

The blessings of God are to those who love.

 

Know God

Without loving others we cannot know God. 

God's plan is for every one he created is to love one another

God wants us all to be part of His great loving family. 

God's will for every one is to love Him and love each other and be loved by Him.  God's will is for every one to love.

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  1 John 2:3

Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all you soul.  Deuteronomy 13:3

 

He hears the prayers

I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.  Psalm 116:1

 

Inherit substance and filled treasures

That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.  Proverbs 8:21

 

God will abide with us

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  John 14:23

 

God will dwell in us

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  1 John 4:16

No man hath seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  1 John 4:12

 

God promises His Love

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.  Proverbs 8:17

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  John 14:2

But if any man love God, the same is known of him.  1 Corinthians 8:3

 

God promises Deliverance

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  Psalm 91:14

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.  Psalm 97:10

 

Peace

Great peace have thy which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  Psalm 119:165

 

Life

The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.  Psalm 145:20

And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.  Deuteronomy 30:6

In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, and thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.  Deuteronomy 30:16

That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.  Deuteronomy 30:20

O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  Psalm 31:23

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.  Psalm 97:10

 

Correction

For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.  Proverbs 3:12

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth ever son whom he receiveth.  Hebrews 12:6

 

Good things

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

Prepared wonderful, unimaginable things.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  1 Corinthians 2:9

 

Crown of Life

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.  2 Timothy 4:8

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.  James 1:12

 

Heirs of the kingdom of God

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  James 2:5

 

Boldness in the day of judgment

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  1 John 4:17

 

Believers will be hated by the world

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.  Matthew 10:22

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.  Matthew 24:9

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Mark 13:13

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.  Luke 6:22

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.  Luke 21:17

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  John 15:18

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  John 15:19

I have given them my word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  John 17:14

Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.  1 John 3:13

 

Why would anyone want to be hated by the world? 

Being hated by the world does not matter to those of us who believe in Christ and who love God, and who are loved by God.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  1 John 4:4

 

The love of Jesus surpasses anything that the world has to offer.

Like Jesus when he was dying on the cross, we as believers know what comes after this world and this life in the flesh, is just temporary.  And absolutely nothing on this earth can compare to the joy that is waiting for us.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2

Jesus suffered and died on the cross - for the joy that He knew was to come after the cross.  Because of the will of God and because of the promise from God.

Jesus knew His future and as believers we know our future is eternal life with God in everlasting paradise, in the kingdom of God.

 

 


What voids our love to God?

Can anything void, cancel out our love for God?  What destroys love?  What stops us from loving God?

Sin separates anyone from God.  Unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  1 John 2:15

 

 


Who doesn't love God?

The world doesn't love God

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  John 15:18

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  1 John 3:1

But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.  John 15:25

 

Every one that does evil

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  John 3:20

 

Anyone who hates Jesus, the Son of God

He that hateth me hateth my Father also.  John 15:23

 

Anyone who hates anyone

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  1 John 4:20

 

 

 


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