- You don’t have to win God’s approval and love. Sometimes people set themselves up believing that it is impossible to please God but this is not so. God will not love you any less if you disobey Him. God continues to loves the person but not the sin or the disobedience. He loves us no matter how we act or what we do. Many times when people fall, they have a hard time forgiving themselves even though they know God has forgiven them. People tend to love God through head relationship or through heart relationship. Both are saved because both have accepted Christ, however one is more so committed into the deeper things of God. Actions plus attitudes tell the difference between head and heart relationships. A couple can be married but not in love. They can go through the motions but not connect in relationship. This is the same way with God. You can be tied to one another in relationship yet not follow or be committed in loving and obedience.
Some people have a head relationship. Knowing the word and applying it is two different things. Either you love Jesus with your heart or you only believe in knowing Him with your head. Don’t get me wrong I believe you should have knowledge in the things of God. It is important to have teaching, training and to know what the word says and have faith. It is the word of God you must know so you will know the difference to what is right and what is wrong and how to be saved. A relationship with Christ is so much deeper in knowing what the word says. Many people may believe they have a relationship with Jesus because they know the Bible (head knowledge) yet their actions don’t follow through with experience. When you know Him and have a relationship with your heart, you are willing to repent and change in ways to please Him because you love Him and accept His love. This love is a two way street, meeting as lovers do.
The head knowledge of a believer is like a mind experience with doctrine or teachings. The relationship is just bare minimum with people trying to win God’s approval with sometimes legalistic ways which judgmental attitudes follows. It sometimes leads people to belive they must do certain things or follow certain rules to win God’s love and approval for salvation. Obedience to certain Scriptures is a must but not willing to accept other truths of the word into other areas of their lives often leads to a cold heart. I had a friend to call it, “Make-up time between two lovers.” You know when a couple fight and they make up yet go right back to doing the same things and never changing, yet they still make love when they want to communicate or have a relationship time. Many people have a make up relationship with God because they experience Him only on services like Wednesday or Sundays but continue in the same attitude throughout the other days of the week. People, who love God with their head only, usually have criticism, judgment, along with disgust, sadness and depression. It has been proven that some will pass this on to their children by calling them stupid, worthless and other incapable of any form of genuine achievement. This is why we can say that head knowledge or in love with doctrine is not having a relationship with God like you can in relationship to God with the heart. Both types of these Christians are saved because they have accepted Christ but their potential in life’s blessings is limited because the relationship is not as strong as it could be. Head or heart, you decide where your relationship starts and continues.
I Corinthians 8:1 . . . Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Both knowledge and love make a person seem bigger but one is nothing but hot air. Love is manifested by putting Bible knowledge into practice.
John 14:15 If you love me, you will obey what I command.
Romans 13:9 The commandments are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
God loves you for who you are, not because you obey Him or His commandment. His love, grace and mercy will endure forever. This faith comes by accepting Him and what He did for us with His Son. He gave us death and life and we may choose to follow Him in head knowledge relationship or heart love relationship.
“Legalistic remorse says, ‘I broke God’s rules,’ while real repentance says, ‘I broke God’s heart.’ Legalistic repentance takes sin to Mt. Sinai, gospel repentance to Mt. Calvary. Legalistic repentance is convicted by punishment, gospel repentance becomes convicted by mercy.”
Either your relationship is in your head or in your heart. If it is in your head, you know to do good and know what you should be doing but are not willing to do it because of selfish reasons then demand certain things in the Bible to be considered saved. However, a heart relationship is when you follow God with your heart and head, trust in Him, accept His love, grace and mercy and follow through with obedience to His word with fruit of His Spirit manifesting. Heart or Head, you decide because ultimately it’s your relationship.