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Lesson 1
One of the first things you learnt as a child is the letters of the alphabet, it served as foundation for everything you learnt in school. For us as human beings the first thing we need to learn is our call to love God with all our hearts, soul and strength.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

This is the most important purpose of man, perhaps everyone should be taught this from childhood. Loving and fellowshipping with God is your greatest call. It ought to be the greatest call in your marriage. This is something you need to live for, God doesn’t force us to do this, but He wants people who will come to Him out of their freewill and in love. He doesn’t want robots loving Him who have no choice of theirs. You see love is a heart thing, for love to be real and enjoyed it must come from the heart. You see God loves you from His heart, even in your rebellion and disobedience, He sent Jesus which was entirely an act of love to die for the sins of man and also for their freedom from sin, sickness and poverty. Man would go to hell and even live a defeated and wasted life here on earth without Jesus. But God because of His great love with which He loved you and I sent Jesus for our freedom.

Agape

The love God shows to you is unconditional, no matter what you do or how you respond to His love, His love for you never changes.

Jeremiah 33:3 says “… Yes I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

God’s love for you knows no end, it is God’s greatest gift to you. There is nothing you can do to make God stop loving you. He has settled in His heart to love you and absolutely nothing can change that. You will never live one day on earth without at least one person loving you. When everyone else turns their backs on you, guaranteed God will always be by your side loving you.


Loving God Without Struggle

One of the most educated people in the time of Jesus asked Him what was the greatest, the first and most important commandment, the one that should take priority over every other commandment. Jesus answered him in Matthew 22:37 saying ” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Loving God with all your heart is the greatest thing you and your spouse can do on the face of the earth.

God knew there was no way you would be able to love Him, with all your hearts except He helped you, so He helped by pouring His love into the heart of everyone who would receive Jesus as Lord and saviour. If you have asked Jesus to come into your heart then the love of God, the ability to love God in spirit and truth is in you. You can really love Him without having to fake it or struggle to do it.

” … the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

God has empowered every one of His children in their hearts to be able to love Him. So all you need to do is work out what God has already done on the inside of you. Before Jesus came into your heart you couldn’t love God, even if you tried you just couldn’t but when Jesus came into your life, your heart changed, the Holy Spirit circumcised your heart taking away the heart of stone which always loved and wanted to rebel and do every thing contrary to God, and replaced it with a brand new heart, which can now hunger for God and truly fellowship with Him.

How To Love God

Jesus told us how to love God.

If you love me keep My commandments. John14:15

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. John 14:21

Jesus answered and said to him, “if anyone loves me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

“He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the father’s who sent Me. John 14;23, 24

“But the world may know that I love the Father and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here. John 14:31

Jesus equates loving God to obeying the word of God. The word must have high priority in your marriage, for you to take it seriously. When you do not obey the word of God you break His heart. God values preciously couples that take His word serious and obey them.

Your marriage should be growing in the love of God, the only key to continuous growth in loving God is constant practice, live a life of fellowshipping and worship to God. Study the Bible regularly with the help of the Holy Spirit. Desire within your soul to hunger for His presence. Worship has a supernatural way of drawing your heart and soul into deeper and more intimate relationship with God.

Your heart can be rooted and grounded in the love of God and make you come to the place where you are deeply in love with God with a passion.

You Have an Enemy

As you hunger and thirst to love God unreservedly in your marriage, you must not forget you have an enemy, who is so jealous and full of hate wanting to stop you. The devil will keep trying all he can to stop you from loving God with your all. He will try lies, wrong teachings, he would try and work through the difficult circumstances surrounding you, such as offences, trials, temptations, financial difficulties, loss of a loved one, the list goes on and on. Don’t ever forget that anytime you have cause to doubt the faithfulness and love of God towards you, that is the devil close by, knocking on the door of your heart and mind looking for the smallest and weakest point to come in through.

He is so persistent he will keep knocking and trying to see if you will give in and let him in. If and when you allow the devil in the only thing he comes to do is to contaminate and weaken your love for God.

Keep Yourself Protected

Do not listen to, read, watch or give your body to anything that is not consistent with the love of God for you that is dangerous stuff.

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life Proverbs 4:23
The word is saying the answer to all of life’s problem, whether in your marriage, business or career comes from your heart as your heart is closely linked to the wisdom of God, so keep it safe do not allow it to be contaminated. If the devil cannot mess around with your heart he cannot keep you from walking in victory. God has given you the great task of keeping the door of your heart secure from the invasion of the enemy.

The Truth Cleanses You

Even when you come to realise any time at all that you have allowed wrong things to influence you away from loving God. Repent, tell God how sorry you are for giving in to the lies of satan then go on and reinforce the truth in your heart.

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John17:17

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John8;31,32

It is time to be free from all the lies of satan that has robbed you of experiencing the great and matchless joy of loving God with all your heart.

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