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A friend brought me to God, but I do not understand the love Christ has for me. How can I love God more, know him more, think about him and serve him faithfully and passionately?

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Thank you for sharing this situation and asking for advice. I too was once in a very similar situation to yourself.

I used to walk to school with a friend who was a Christian and loved God very much. I thought that I was okay with God as I was not a very bad person.

Then I heard that the wrong I had done separated me from God, but that Jesus died for my sin to forgive me, and rose again to give new life to all who believe in Him. At the cross we see the love of God poured out for us.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is have you seen yourself as an enemy of God, what the Bible describes as a sinner? If you have and have come to God through Jesus Christ then you know how great a price God paid for you. However, if you consider that God will accept you on the basis of your deeds and emotions, I'm afraid that the Bible makes it plain you cannot please God, and indeed you will be unable to truly love Him.

So secondly you need to see that Jesus died for your sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. (Romans 3:23-25)

Jesus in Luke 7 tells a short parable to illustrate to a self-righteous man who is able to love Him.

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

So to love Jesus more deeply you need to see how much you need to be forgiven, and how valuable that forgiveness is! If you do not already know Jesus in this way can I encourage you to pray and ask Him to show you how great your need is, and how deep His love for you is. If you come to Him humbly and receive his forgiveness and sacrifice you will find your love for Him because more natural and intense!

This will hopefully propel you into a life loving Jesus and wanting to live for Him, putting him first. He loves us so much that he died for us! What amazing love! 

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:

http://www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world.

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