This is the perfect season to FALL in love with Jesus. Soon we will be celebrating His birth, closely followed by the greatest act of love, His sacrificial death on the cross. This is a season that we can come to know and love Jesus.
Just like we fall in love with our spouses every day, more and more we should make it a priority to fall in love with Jesus. If we keep Jesus at an arm’s length, we will never get to know Him. And if we don’t get to know Him, how can we possibly come to a place of truly and fully loving Him.
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Jesus Says I Love You
Jesus wants us to be in a loving, friendly intimate relationship with Him. He wants us to discover how to truly walk with Him and connect with Him in every moment of every day. Jesus is amazing and loves us so much even when we don’t deserve it. He is a true friend who sees all our flaws yet loves us and chooses to be in relationship with us anyways. Jesus says “I love you” from great heights. He died to display that He loves you in the most unimaginable way. He died on the cross for a sinner like me, the worst of them, so that I might be redeemed back into God’s family (Romans 5:8).
All we have to do is believe in Him with our hearts, minds, and souls. Once we have received the gift of salvation, Jesus wants us to grow in our relationship with Him and fall more in love with Him. As we journey with Him, Jesus equips us with the tools we need to live out His calling on our lives.
Bible Verses About Falling In Love with Jesus
Jesus is real and He loves us with unconditional love. When we truly understand how much He sacrificed for us on the cross, we can only be more in love with the Messiah. It is so easy to love Him because He loved us first. He loves with a love that is so deep and complete that nothing can stop it. God loves His people passionately, perfectly and perseveringly.
Jesus should be our focus – keeping our eye on the prize (Hebrews 12:2). He is our true source of satisfaction and joy. He comforts us in times of need. We should come to Him daily asking for Him to give us the motivation to study the Bible, learn who He is, and nurture and grow our relationship with Him.
Deuteronomy 7:9: Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.
Psalm 36:7: God, Your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Psalm 86:5: For You, Lord are kind and ready to forgive, rich in faithful love to all who call on You.
Psalm 136:26: Give thanks to the God of heaven! His love is eternal.
John 3:16: For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7: Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Romans 5:8: But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!
Galatians 2:20: And I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
1 John 4:7-8: Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:18: There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.
Psalm 85:10: Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace.
John 15:9: As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love.
Jesus’ love never changes. It is unending. So how do we rekindle love on a daily basis with Jesus?
How To Fall In Love with Jesus
In order to fall in love with someone, you need to get to know them intimately. Love isn’t just a feeling, it is a choice that you make on a daily basis. You choose to meet Him and think about Him throughout the day, you choose to show up even when you don’t want to, and you choose to sacrifice your sense of self to benefit the other. This kind of relationship takes time and persistence. Jesus invites us over and over again to abide in love with Him (1 John 4:16).
Build a Relationship with Jesus
Sure, you can know of Jesus in your head but that is different than having an intimate, heartfelt relationship with Him. The first step to do this is to set your intention and focus on Jesus. You have to go where God is and place yourself in His presence. He has invited us into an intimate relationship with the Father through His work on the cross. Your relationship with Him can be full of life because He is alive!
A relationship with Jesus is not one-sided. Just like any relationship you have to dedicate time and attention to building it on a solid foundation. To truly follow His will, live out His calling and the freedom, joy, and peace He has to offer, we must make it our life’s mission to be in a deep relationship with Him. Choose to believe that you can build a relationship with Jesus – one that is accessible on a daily basis!
Slow Down and Rest
Often when we are hurrying through life we miss opportunities to see Jesus working in our lives. It’s hard to speed date our way to a more intimate relationship with Jesus. We need moments of quiet and solace with Jesus. Jesus invites us to give Him our burdens and find rest that only He can give. He offers us to come before Him and lay all of our worries at His feet.
Take time to touch base with God and seek His will. He is our first love and should be the focus of our days. Enjoy slowing down and being in His presence. He wants you to know how much He loves you through daily fellowship with Him. He is a source of strength in times of need.
Dive Deeper Into the Word
As mentioned above, the Bible gives us a glimpse into how we can fall more in love with Jesus. It is a guide to how we can build an intimate relationship with Him. As you dive deeper into the Word, what you have read will suddenly become alive for you. The Bible nourishes our souls – it feeds us. Let God’s Word permeate all your thoughts and feelings.
We need wisdom and the Bible is full of it. When you read the Word, you will see that everything points to Jesus and the life He lived so that we might follow in His footsteps. It is profitable and equips you for every good work. Most of all, it will help you see God’s goodness and learn to love all that is good and beautiful.
God designed us for community and fellowship. We are wired to desire connection with other people. When you find a community of believers – whether that is a church or a life group or bible study – you will see God’s goodness working in and through others. He meant for us to grow spiritually together. He wants us to live in fellowship with others to live out His unconditional love and truly accept one another. It’s all of us imperfect, forgiven people who are seeking to love more like Jesus. So keep showing up and stay committed, gradually you will find the love of God that you have been searching for. By finding community and people who can support you, you will learn more about God, be encouraged and fall even more in love with Him.
Every day presents a new opportunity for you to pursue a relationship with Jesus. And the more of Jesus you have in your life, the more you will be able to withstand what life throws at you. When He is the center of your affection, He will also sit on the throne of your heart. Thoughts that come into your mind will be held captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Learn to turn to Him in times of struggle and stress but also rejoice in Him in the good times. He is infinitely trustworthy, even with our love.
“Lord, let me fall more in love with you every day. I long to know you and be in a relationship with you. Show me the way, Lord. Open the door to my heart and give me the strength to obey your will. Let me understand the love you gave on the cross so that I might be brought into a relationship with you. Father, I want to come home and be comforted by your love. In His Name, Amen.”
I challenge you today to fall more in love with Jesus. How are you passionately pursuing your relationship with Jesus?
**Verses used in this post were taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible Translation.