"But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him. —1 Corinthians 8:3"
... How can you tell if you really love God? Here are some indicators of whether your love for God is real.
You will long for personal communion with Him. When you really love
someone, you like to spend time with him or her. And if you really love
God, then you will want to be in fellowship with Him.
love the things that He loves. We know what God loves by what He has
declared in His Word. The psalmist said, "I rejoice at Your word as one
who finds great treasure" (Psalm 119:162).
You will hate the
things that He hates. Psalm 97:10 says, "Let those who love the Lord
hate evil. . . ." Romans 12:9 tells us to "abhor what is evil" and
"cling to what is good." See evil as God sees it.
You will love
other Christians. In 1 John 3:14 we read, "We know that we have passed
from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love
his brother abides in death." Don't say that you love God while you
harbor hatred toward fellow believers.
You will long for the
return of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote, "Finally, there is laid
up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all
who have loved His appearing" (2 Timothy 4:8). A Christian who loves God
looks forward to Christ's return.
You will keep His
commandments. Jesus said, "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it
is he who loves Me . . ." (John 14:21). If you love God, then you will
do what He says.
If you love God, the proof will be in your actions.