Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night, and if I can’t get back to sleep, I get up to pray. It’s become a habit that I have learned to appreciate. We have a long hallway in our house, and I love to walk up and down that hallway seeking the Lord.
Yesterday morning in the early hours, I began my time with God, as I usually do, in worship and praise. I found myself pondering the question, how do I show God how much I love him? What is his love language?
Which took me in my thinking to the book,The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary D Chapman. The five love languages Gary describes are different ways that people best experience love, especially from their spouses. The five he focuses on are:
- words of affirmation
- quality time
- acts of service
- physical touch
As I began pondering and praying, I found myself thinking that, with the obvious exception of physical touch, all these are ways we can express our love to God.
Words of affirmation: God loves to receive our praise and worship. It even says that He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).
Quality time: Our lives are so busy that it’s easy to neglect spending time in God’s presence. Or perhaps more relevant, how do we, (like Brother Lawrence) learn to experience His presence even in the mundane busyness of life.
Gifts: Although it includes finances, I don’t think this is the primary way we give to God. We give him our lives, becoming a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). He’s delighted when our lives bear fruit-–and this includes the fruit of others becoming followers of Jesus.
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