Falling in love with Christ and staying in love with Him isn’t radical Christianity or even a Jesus freak. It’s the heart of a true disciple.

The words I love You, Jesus! rise in my heart and roll off my tongue more often these days. Why?

Maybe I’m tired of surface substitutes for real love. Perhaps I’ve grown weary of this: what God made true about love, people made fake. And I believe Christ is teaching me about an authentic and lasting love.

2012 marked a spiritual milestone in my life, written in my journal. I decided to fall head over heels in love with Jesus, loving Him more than anyone or anything.

Can we fall in love with Christ and stay in love with Him—pure and whole-hearted affection? Not only is this kind of love relationship possible, but it’s what the Lord intended all along.

How to experience this love relationship is found in the answers to these two questions.

Loving Jesus With All

(1.) What’s the greatest commandment?

This question posed to Christ: “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39, ESV, emphasis mine).

Dictionary.com defines heart as “The center of total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion.”

Merriam-webster explains soul as “A person’s moral or emotional nature or sense of identity. The spiritual part of a human being.”

Google tells us the mind is “The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. A person’s mental processes, intellect.”

Therefore, every part of me—my whole being—loves Jesus. I love Him with my heart and emotions, through my spiritual identity, and in my mind and experiences. That’s the greatest commandment and the greatest love.

Loving Jesus Because He Loves 

(2.) Where did love originate?

1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us” (ESV).

God created love and demonstrated love on Calvary’s cross through His Son—a show-and-tell affection.

Jesus loved us so much, He died for us. Yet our motivation for falling in love with Jesus and staying in love with Him is not out of a sense of guilt as though we owe it to Him. Or even loving Christ for what He can do for us now.

But since Jesus loves us, we reciprocate. Because His love is unconditional, it draws our hearts in and strengthens our affections toward Him. This higher and deeper love surpasses love from people—even those who love us well.

In his book, Crazy Love, Francis Chan describes it this way. “Our love for Jesus always comes out of his love for us. Are we in love with God or just his stuff?”

Staying in Love With Jesus 

To fall in love with Jesus and stay in love with Him means giving all of myself to Him alone, not to the idols or shiny gods of this world. I love Christ more than anyone or anything.

Remember our opening thought: Falling in love with Christ and staying in love with Him isn’t radical Christianity or even a Jesus freak. It’s the heart of a true disciple.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me first and sending Your Son to die for me. Help me to keep falling in love with Jesus over and over every day, and to stay in love with Him. I pray loving Christ is a show-and-tell affection where I not only tell Him of my love, but I also love Him with all of my heart, soul, and mind. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Featured Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash.

A version of this post first appeared on KarenGirlFriday.com.

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