Loving God Completely

The Historical Christian faith teaches that one God exists as three personsthe Holy Trinity Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this Triune Godhead, there is unity and love for one another. They are in perfect loving relationship, so beautiful, so pure, so majestic, and so passionate.  God is relational and as a result, he chose to create humanity in order to enter into loving relationship with his human creation. God created human beings in his Image and likeness; thus, similar to God, human beings are relational and have the capacity to be in relationships.  When God initiates and extends his love to humanity, he is inviting finite, mortal, reliant beings into an eternal, everlasting, loving relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  This is truly God’s plan and desire for Humanity. Kenneth Boa explains, “Because the infinite and personal God loves us, he wants us to grow in an intimate relationship with him; this is the purpose for which we were created⎼to know, love, enjoy, and honor the Triune Lord of all creation.” [1]

When we learn that God, who is the eternal, the all-powerful, the all-knowing creator of everything that exists in the universe, loves us more than we could imagine, we begin to desire a loving relationship with him. Once we enter into loving relationship with God, we grow in our love for him.  We love God primarily because he exist, and he is the sufficient cause of love.  God is love. “There is nothing more reasonable or profitable than loving him,”[2] whose unconditional love abounds for us.  We love him because he has provided everything for us, nothing is from our own storehouses.  We love him because he has given us the superior gifts of “dignity, wisdom and virtue.” [3]  Saint Bernard of Clairvaux writes,

He is all that I need, all that I long for. My God and my help, I will love Thee for Thy great goodness; not so much as I might, surely, but as much as I can. I cannot love Thee as Thou deservest to be loved, for I cannot love Thee more than my own feebleness permits. I will love Thee more when Thou deemest me worthy to receive greater capacity for loving; yet never so perfectly as Thou hast deserved of me. [4]

 

[1] Kenneth Boa. Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation (Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2001), Google Play edition, 28.

[2] Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. On Loving God (Grand Rapids, Mich: Christian Classics Ethereal Library), 3.

[3] Ibid., 4.

[4] Ibid., 14.