04 Apr Loving Christ
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”
Years ago, I learned about the Five Love Languages and my understanding of giving and receiving love changed for the better. I no longer needed to wonder why I would do something for someone that I thought was AMAZING, yet for them it wasn’t a big deal. I also discovered why there were times when someone failed to reach out to me when I was in need of time with a friend.
Love is expressed and received in five different ways. Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Quality Time may each seem different, but they are just different ways of expressing and receiving love. It is no wonder that a hug is so important to some people while a card means the world to someone else. Sometimes giving a gift doesn’t make someone feel better, but spending quiet time with them can be amazing!
God created you, me, and everyone else with our own unique combination of Love Languages. God created love and the love languages. For us to grow in our relationship with God, we should learn to express each of these languages to God.
Prayer is how we express our Words of Affirmation to God. Physical Touch occurs when we touch our Bibles or help a child up who has fallen. We no longer need to think of how we give to the church, instead we discover that our giving is to God Himself. Jesus talked about Acts of Service when He said in Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”. Finally, Quality Time is every moment of the day that we look up and remember that God is with us and acknowledge His presence.
I invite you to consider how you express love to others, how you receive love yourself, and how intentional you are about loving God. At Faith Community Church we have 3 Core Values. The first one is Loving Christ. Loving Christ is accepting Jesus as Lord and deepening our relationship with Him through prayer, Scripture, giving, and serving others!
Lauren Daigle’s song, “Look Up Child” is a reminder of how we can always look up to God and bring Him into every part of our life!