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Is there a difference between loving God and being in love with God?

Submitted: 10/15/2008
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Question: Is it possible to love God and not be in love with God? One scenario would be the person that just loves God will come to service and worship and go through the motions but as soon as they leave the building God is the last thing on their mind. But that person more than likely truly loves God but not enough to give all of themselves to him. Sounds like this generations marriages doesn't it. For the one that is in love with God, that person whether in church, at work, at school, at home, in public, in private, God is on their mind, they constantly focus on what they can do to further the kingdom, what they can do to grow closer to God and what can they do to please God.

Answer: We would say that loving God is the same as being in love with Him. There is no half-hearted love. Either a person loves God with all of the heart, soul, and strength or he does not love God at all. Some people attend church services and go through the motions because they are afraid not to. In other words, they don't want to be lost, but neither are they willing to deny themselves, take up the cross, and follow Jesus. They may be God-fearers, but they are not God-lovers. In John 14:15 Jesus said, 'If you love Me, keep My commandments.' And in 1 Corinthians 16:22 Paul wrote, 'If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed.'