Jun 27, 2016 by Will Maule

Loving God Enables Us To Truly Love Others

"The most loving thing we can do for others is love God more than we love them. For if we love God most, we will love others best," writes Jon Bloom at Desiring God. It might sound a bit odd, but it is logical. As we love God with all our heart, our love for others spills out of a healthy place in our lives. We gain a vision on how to love well, as we look to Jesus for our example, and as we love him more. 

Why? "The reason we will love others best when we love God most is that love in its truest, purest form only comes from God, because God is love (1 John 4:7–8)," writes Bloom. "And as God’s image-bearers (Genesis 1:26), we are designed to love God and others in the same way that God loves God and others. God, being the most pure, perfect, powerful, and precious entity in existence, must love himself most in order to love everything else best, since everything else is 'from him and through him and to him' (Romans 11:36)."

However, as human beings we so often get this wrong. We do not love God with all our strength, but instead get lured into showing affection for the wrong things. Our relationships suffer as a result. "When we (or anything else, if that’s possible) become our supreme love instead of God, love becomes distorted and diseased. Love ends up devolving into whatever we wish for it to mean," writes Bloom. 

So we must re-assess how we love God, and how that is affecting the nature of our love for others. Are we showing God affection as some sort of unspoken contract to try and receive blessing and abundance, because we could be doing the same with our relationships. We must learn to love God "because he first loved us," and simply because he is our God; almighty, powerful, glorious and sovereign. When we love God for who he is, we will learn to do the same with our loved ones. 

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