There’s nothing that can change God’s love for us. It’s unconditional. No matter how many mistakes we make or how far away we run from Him, He always loves us the same. His love doesn’t change. After all, God and love – they are one in the same. We can be sure of God’s love for us, but Him liking us, that’s a different story. What does it take to be liked by Him?
Gary Chapman came up with “The 5 Love Languages,” which help profile the way a person loves and likes to be loved (it’s targeted for couples in marriage, but is extremely helpful for anyone!). I’m going to play off of these 5 love languages; but instead of “love languages,” I think we should call them “God’s Like Languages.”
We’ve already established that God’s love for us never changes, so whatever we say or do, it’s all to please Him. We don’t ever have to wonder about His love, but we should always think twice about our actions and words and if they are what He would want.
The psalmist says, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” [Psalm 19:14]. To please Him and to know Him more should be our only agenda in this life.
Let’s look at “God’s Like Languages.”
1. Words of affirmation
God not only likes our words of praise, but He rightly deserves them. We know what He’s done for us, but we rarely open our mouths and actually tell Him. Tell Him how great He is. Tell Him He’s deserving of all that You are. He is worthy of all our praise!
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
2. Acts of Service
God likes to see His children serving Him and serving others. Not only are we to fulfill acts of service for Him and for one another, we are to BE servants. Service is the definition of our lives as followers of Christ.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
3. Receiving Gifts
God likes when we give Him gifts. Everyone feels special and loved when they are offered a thoughtful gift. Think back to the woman with the alabaster jar. It was her most worthy possession; it’s all she had. She gave it to Jesus. She gave her everything to Jesus, without doubting that it would be the best decision she could make. She knew He deserved her all.
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.
4. Quality Time
God likes when we spend time with Him. Of course He does. Anyone who loves us loves to spend time with us. He likes when we want to spend time with Him. He likes when He gets to speak to us through His Word and when we listen to His voice through prayer. How else can we get to know Him than by spending time with Him?
5. Physical Touch
God likes when we abide in Him. When it’s just you and Him – that’s when a real, intimate relationship starts and grows. He is always ready to hold us in His arms. But do we realize how the Lord loves and cherishes us so?
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
We know what it takes to live a life pleasing to our God. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s worth it. The way we love God here prepares us for what’s to come. We should always remember what He did for us. We should always remember His love. “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died” [2 Corinthians 5:14]. Do what He likes; do what He loves. It’s all for His glory.
Think on this today: God loves you, but does He like you?