Love The Rest Less

Last week, we spent some time looking at God’s incredible love for us and were reminded that He is with us, mighty to save, delights in us, and rejoices over us. 

I hope you’re increasingly aware of God’s incredible, unfathomable, unconditional love for you.   There is no one who will ever be capable of loving you as perfectly as God.

This week, I want to look a little more at our own hearts.  Even though we dabble in topics on Long To Love, the original premise of this blog began as a way to awaken our hearts to pray and cultivate deeper love relationships with God.  Stemming from the prayer, “Lord, more than breathing, I deeply desire a heart that is wholly, fully, and completely in love with you.” 

I long for a heart that simply loves God.

Last week, at my parents church in Virginia Beach, their pastor referenced Luke 14:26 that says,

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”

He acknowledged, that to many, that sounds a little harsh.  A passage that might make people stop and think, “thanks, but no thanks.”  I mean, hate?

He went on to explain that the word for hate actually means to “love less”  Therefore, this passage is ultimately saying “If you come to me and don’t love your family, yourself, your job, your possessions, etc. less than me, you can’t follow me.”

Do I love everything in my life less than I love Jesus?  Not exactly, but oh, how I long to!

Jesus is looking for hearts that are fully committed.  Ones that say, “Above all else, you are the One my heart longs for.  Earth has nothing I desire besides You.” (Psalm 73:25)

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 
2 Chronicles 16:9
Who/What do we love the most?  As difficult as it may be to hear, if it’s not God, it’s not worth it.  It’s time to reawaken our hearts and remember our first and most important Love.     
Lord, you are the one my heart longs for.  There is none that comes close to comparing with you.  I pray that I will have a heart that loves you above all else.  Nothing in my life is as important to me as you.  I pray that my heart will be fully and completely committed to You alone.