Most Blessed Sacrament Church
How Do You Love God?
For the last couple of weeks at MBSC Youth Ministry we have been discussing the topic of ‘How do you Love God?” When the Youth were asked this question, “How do you Love God?” or “How do you know that you Love God?” there were some very interesting answers to come forth. Such as “We come to church” or “I know that I Love God, because it is in my Heart” or “I know that I Love God, because I am a Christian.” Of course, none of these answers were entirely wrong; however our discussion led us to a few key foundational scriptures that have guided us over the past four weeks.
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Jesus, in this scripture, sums up what this whole Christian life is about. After accepting Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior, God wants us to live a life of love. A life of love expressed towards God, others, and ourselves.
After reading this scripture, the question was asked, “How does one Love God?” Think about that for a second. God is a Spirit. So, how do you Love God who is a Spirit? Surely we cannot write God a love letter and mail it to Him. Neither can we place a phone call to God in hopes that he’ll answer the telephone. Neither can we take God out to a special restaurant, or purchase an expensive gift that would express our Love for Him adequately. So, again, the question being, “How Do we Love God?”
We get our answer in John 14:15:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
From this scripture we learn how to Love God, and we learn the love language of God. Not that God would reject a verbal ‘I Love You’ or a nicely written letter expressing our Love towards Him, but ultimately God wants our obedience. God, in essence, is saying that I know that you Love me when you keep my commandments. God spells Love…O.B.E.D.I.E.N.C.E.
This discussion then took us down one last road, and this has constituted the last couple of weeks of study for us, and indeed it has been eye opening and intriguing.
Our study of the Ten Commandments!!! I believe that these Ten Commandments are a road map to the obedience that God is looking for in our lives. They are the foundation to Loving God, and Loving Others; and upon these we build our house of Love towards God and humanity and into other areas of obedience and Christian living.
Over the past four weeks, we have debated and talked about the Ten Commandments; culminating in our attempt to memorize all ten of them as to determine our true knowledge of “How to Love God.”
Exodus 20:1 is where you can find them in scripture…
“And God spake all these words, saying,I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage…..
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
10. Thou shalt not covet
I would encourage everyone to re-engage with the Ten Commandments. Though many of us have heard of them all of our lives, very few have truly studied them, and understood the true revelation of God’s Love within each one of them. I do believe that these commandments truly do give us the foundation for Loving God, Others, and ourselves. This is the point of it all, as Jesus taught us in Matthew 22:37-40.
“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
MBSC Youth Remembered all 10 of them!!!!
Sunday Youth Ministry Worship Service @ Most Blessed Sacrament
(Youth Ministry service will begin at 10:15am and end at 11:15am, prior to the 11:30 Mass.)