How Can We Know that We Love God with Our ‘First Love’?

Here is a brief checklist to see if we really love God as our first priority in life: 

If he is the priority in our relationships

This means:

  1. That he really is the most important person in our lives;
  2. That we daily offer adoration – often emotionally, sometimes as an act of the will;

If he is the priority in our time

This means: 

  1. That each day we make time to speak with and listen to God, in addition to using any prayer list;
  2. That each day we read Scripture;

If he is the priority in our motives

This means:

  1. That our life aim is to fulfil his purpose for us;
  2. That we offer worship, not primarily to bless and satisfy us but to glorify God;
  3. That we are living sacrifices, our whole lives being an offering, including self-denial;

If he is the priority in our hope

ie. that we really look forward to meeting him either beyond death or at the second coming.


If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  (1 John 4:20)

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