If you see me singing a worship song and tears start flowing, don’t assume I’m sad. It is hard to get through some songs without being overcome with affection for my merciful Savior. His love easily triggers my emotions.
We women tend to be the more emotive gender. And that can be a good thing. (It can also lead us into drama if we’re not careful, but that’s another post!). But our love for God must begin with a right understanding of Him and that begins by studying Him. Our heart and mind must both be engaged to truly love God.
[box]“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matt 22:37)[/box]
Loving God “with our mind” requires study. I encourage women to become a “student of their husband” in order to grow in their knowledge and appreciation of him. In the same way, we should apply ourselves to studying God. That is why I’ve applied myself to theological studies.
The word “Theology” (formed from combining two Greek words) means: “the study of God.”
But I assure you, as we engage our minds to study God, it will engage our emotions. As our knowledge of Him deepens and broadens, so will our appreciation and love for Him. Our knowledge of God (mind) should lead our affections (heart).
Studying God’s Word is more than just reading the Word. Don’t misunderstand me, there is great benefit to reading Scripture, but our daily reading of the Word will be richer and more rewarding as we apply ourselves to in-depth study of the Word.
But, be aware, there is an inherent danger for students of the Word and Scripture warns us about that. Knowledge has the potential to bring pride (1 Cor. 8:1). Which is why we need to combine our study with worship, in fact, worship must be the point of our study.
The common error in our approach to God’s Word is to read it as a consumer rather than a worshiper.
If you missed the post in June about approaching God’s Word as a reverent worshiper, I hope you’ll check it out now by clicking on this link.
The nature and origin of Scripture is unlike any other piece of literature; it takes us directly into God’s presence—and that is where we should experience reverence.
Reverence for God, as we begin to love Him with our mind, will engage our emotions and will lead us to pure worship.
Today, I hope you’ll open Colossians chapter one and read it as a worshiper.
Will you join me?
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