By: Michael Sutton

When loving God becomes a chore we have then become LOST. To love God because you’re afraid of hell and punishment is the wrong kind of LOVE.

Ladies, imagine a guy taking you out on a nice date…he arrives at your door with flowers and a beautiful dress that he picked out just for you. Nice, right? Well, at the end of the date he says, “I only did all this to keep you from fussing and nagging me.” Stinks, right?

So how do we think God feels when we do good or live righteously not because we truly love Him, but because we don’t want His punishment or for Him to send us to hell?

When is the last time you repented? What were you truly sorry for? When was the last time you did something for Christ and His people? What was your true motive?

I often hear Christians talk about the unconditional love that Christ has for us, but I wonder if we have that same unconditional love for Him. I have even wondered the same thing about myself. You see, I don’t know if I always love God at the peak level, or love him when things are going well as I do when things are going bad. This is probably due to the fact that I have a shallow understanding of what God-love is. I think in many cases I’ve tried to make God love in the way that I do.

The only way that I believe we can love God without the feeling of obligation is to truly seek desperately to understand how to love Him. Yes, there is a way to love God, and I personally don’t want to give Him anything that’s not given freely.

Take note, this is not about trying to work and prove anything to God. We are not saved by our works, but we are saved to work! This article is not an attempt to question your love for Christ, but to provoke you to gain a deeper love for Christ and His children.