Loving God – Part 1: Why is loving God so important?
1. Why is loving God so important?
1.1. It is the prerequisite to going to heaven (i.e. heaven will NOT be filled with people who hated God! Deu 7:9-10; Psa 101:7; Rom 8:28).
1.2. It is one of the keys to faithful obedience and abundant blessings: fear of God and love for God. (Mat 10:28; 2Co 5:14; Eph 6:6; Phi 1:9-11; Exo 20:6; Deu 30:16 = Notice obedience happens bc of love; Deu 11:13; Psa 69:16, 91:1-14, 116:1, 122:6, 145:20; Neh 1:5).
1.3. It is considered the greatest commandment (and therefore the greatest key!) (Mat 22:36-38 = Notice the degree to which we are to love God).
1.4. It is critical to understanding trials (i.e. God brings trials to test our love for Him; Deu 13:1-3; 1Th 2:4).
1.5. It is also the secret to boldness or possessing a backbone in ministry (1Ti 1:3-5).