In the 90's, Gary Chapman wrote a book called "The 5 Love Languages, How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate." The book was a hit, and has since produced a number of spin-offs based on a similar concept (parents, employees, probably one for dogs too, but I don't know). According to Chapman, these love languages were a way in which someone both expresses and receives love from another, and they include:
words of affirmation
acts of service (devotion)
and physical touch What is your love language? How does it make you respond to those around you? Did you know that God has a love language, also?
I'm not going to make this post about these love languages, I merely pointed them out to say God Himself has a way in which He receives and expresses love to His people: obedience. God is Faithful, and so acts out of Faithfulness to His promises and nature, And He is a Jealous God, and will not share our time or affections with anyone or anything else. What it comes down to is that God, in return, for His faithfulness expects Obedience in return. Saul, for example, was made King over all Israel, promising to do as God willed, and yet the nation was torn from his hand because he exalted himself instead of obeyed God. Israel was removed from their land, as was Judah, because they followed after foreign gods, instead of seeking the one true God. When it comes down to it, we're either seeking God or ourselves. Jesus sought after His Father's will in everything He did, bringing Himself in to complete submission to the Father. At the Last Supper, He echoed His Father's love language: If you love me, you will keep my commandments." It's time, church, to put away our false gods of prosperity, wealth, entertainment, busyness, and whatever else we follow, and seek God only. Not merely seek Him, but seek to obey, and submit completely to His will. Anything else is just posturing, as Saul did, glorifying ourselves while claiming it is for God.
John 14 English Standard Version (ESV)
I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”[c] 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[e] anything in my name, I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[f] to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[g] in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered 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. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
a. John 14:1 Or You believe in God
b. John 14:2 Or In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you
c. John 14:4 Some manuscripts Where I am going you know, and the way you know
d. John 14:7 Or If you know me, you will know my Father also, or If you have known me, you will know my Father also
e. John 14:14 Some manuscripts omit me
g. John 14:17 Some manuscripts and is