Love for God in Romans 8:28

by | Feb 21, 2020

Romans 8:28 promises, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” This is an amazing promise from God and an undeniable responsibility for Christians. We must love the God who weaves all of life for our good and his purpose.

Thomas Watson wrote All Good Things in 1663 to show how it is that God works all things for good to those who love him. Watson encourages Christians to test their love for God searching for evident love in their lives. Will you test your love for God? Are these true of you?

14 Fruits of Loving God

1. The musing of the mind upon God

“God is the treasure, and where the treasure is, there is the heart.”

2. The desire of communion

“If we love God we prize his ordinances because there we meet with God. He speaks to us in his Word, and we speak to him in prayer.”

3. Grief

“Where there is love to God, there is a grieving for our sins of unkindness against him. A child which loves his father cannot but weep for offending him.”

4. Magnanimity

“Love is valorous, it turns cowardice into courage. Love will make one venture upon the greatest difficulties and hazards.”

5. Sensitiveness

“Did men love God, they would grieve to see his glory suffer, and religion itself become a martyr.”

6. Hatred against sin

“Is he a friend to God who loves that which God hates? The love of God and the love of sin cannot dwell together.”

7. Crucifixion

“He who is in love with God is not much in love with anything else. The love of God, and ardent love of the world, are inconsistent.”

8. Fear

“In the godly, love and fear do kiss each other. There is a double fear arises from love: a fear of displeasing and a fear mixed with jealousy.”

9. Love what God loves

“We must love a saint as well in chains as in scarlet. If we love Christ, we love his persecuted members.”

10. Entertain good thoughts of God

“Many say they love God, but how does it appear? They will not forego the least comfort, or undergo the least cross for his sake.”

11. Endeavor to make God appear glorious to others

“If we love God, we shall spread abroad his excellences, that so we may raise his fame and esteem, and may induce others to fall in love with him.”

12. Long for Christ’s appearing

“When our union with Christ is perfect in glory, then our joy will be full. He that loves Christ loves his appearing.”

13. Love will make us stoop to the meanest [most difficult] offices

“love is a humble grace; it does not walk abroad in state; it will creep upon its hands; it will stoop and submit to anything whereby it may be serviceable to Christ.”

It calls to mind Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”

Pastor Michael Wilburn Immanuel Baptist Richmond

 

Blessings,
Pastor Michael
mwilburn@ibcrichmond.org