How do we know we love G-D?

March 11, 2017

 

Almost every day I hear someone proclaim, “I love G-D.” When I hear these words, my first reaction and response is to smile and be happy. After all, what nicer phrase is there to hear from another person? As a believer in Yeshua, part of my purpose in life is to introduce people to the G-D of the Bible and explain that the first and greatest commandment is to “Love the L-RD your G-D with all your heart, soul and strength.”

 

As a small child growing up in a Jewish home, one of the very first liturgical prayers I learned was the Shema and V’ahavta, which is Deuteronomy 6:4-5:

 

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love ADONAI your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

 

These very words are foundational to our faith as Jews. There is one G-D and we are instructed to love Him.

Yet, while I am always excited to hear someone profess his or her love of G-D, I am equally curious and often ask them the following question: How do you know you love G-D? In other words, how