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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 12:01:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -
Let's say we're having coffee together and I ask you the following question: "Do you believe that you love God enough?" If you said that you weren't sure, how would you respond to my next question, which would be: "How will you know when you love God enough to be fully pleasing to Him?" Then, if I offered you a free book called Five Easy Steps to Loving God More, would you be interested? 

These questions underlie many Christian books, sermons, and even our own individual devotional times. However, I believe that they are the wrong questions. (And, by the way, you should pass on accepting the imaginary book I mentioned above.)

What, exactly, is wrong with these questions? They make us the focus. They make things about us, our effort, our performance. A better question would be, "How can I become more aware of God's incredible love for me?" God becomes the focus when we desire to further understand and experience His love for us.

Reading a blog post yesterday by my friend, Phil Drysdale (, provided stimulus for my thinking. Phil writes: 

"1 John 4:19 says that we can only love because God first loved us. The truth is, if you do not know that God loves you, you will never be able to love Him in return. The degree to which you have received His love is the degree to which you can give Him love."

He goes on to say:

"Rest in the knowledge that you were never made to love God in your own strength. He has always hoped that your love for Him would be an over flowing response to His love for you. If you are desperate to grow in your love for God today there is one sure-fire way to do so. Stop trying and just let Him love you. Focus on how much he loves you and watch an abundance of love come overflowing out of your heart towards Him today."

As I focused this morning on God's incredible love for me, I wrote this prayer:

Father, you have shown your love in so many ways. I’m not asking for you to do extra things for me to show your love; I ask that you make me MORE AWARE, more attuned, and more relaxed in your love for me! I know it's there, but I want to rest and soak more in that love. I want to operate my life from that love, not from my effort to reach you.

Where is your primary focus? Is it your love for God, or His love for you?

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