God has a love language!
How is this possible if God isn’t human? Let me pause for a moment: this post is Part Two of Does God Have A Love Language?, so please read the first post before moving on to ways of speaking God’s love language.
And if you haven’t read The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, then I also recommend reading that as well. It will help you understand more about love languages.
Ok, so let’s get going! Here are 5 ways to speak God’s love language:
1. Words of Affirmation
Give God credit, praise, and worship. Become aware of His blessings and express gratitude for them.
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. (Hebrews 13:15)
Is your health better than someone else’s? Do you have a beautiful home and steady job?
Consider what others struggle with and you don’t. Find time throughout your day to praise God for what He has given you!
2. Physical Touch
The Holy Spirit is never going to dwell where He is not welcome, so pray for Him to dwell within you. Allow Him to fill your being, which creates an intimate connection with God.
In other words, it’s a physical relationship. And being a physical relationship, it can be damaged by sinful behavior and thoughts.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Examples: harboring anger, unforgiveness, pride, or any other sin that causes the Holy Spirit to recede. If this is the case, then ask God for forgiveness and for reconnection with the Holy Spirit!
3. Giving Gifts
God has blessed each of us with a spiritual gift or a combination of them. If you know what gift that is, then give it as He desires you to do so.
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)
By giving your gift, you are glorifying and drawing closer to God. (For more on spiritual gifts, read Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-10.)
4. Acts of Service
If God asks you to take care of a relative, would you? What if He asks you to work tirelessly on your feet all day without any pay (calling all stay-at-home moms!)?
[…] you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)
Acts of service can be viewed as punishment by some, but God doesn’t require services in exchange for His love or salvation. So why do them?
Because it’s another way we can show our love to Him. And it pleases Him when serve from the heart and not out of obligation.
Some more examples of acts of service: offering physical strength to God (Romans 12:1-2), sharing (Hebrews 13:16), evangelism (Romans 15:26), and sacrificing for others (Ephesians 5:2).
5. Quality Time
So often, we put everything into our work or families instead of Him. And even what is leftover is usually substandard because we are tired, impatient, and scatterbrained.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)
When we place God first, we actually focus on Him throughout our day. We can spend this time in prayer, silence and solitude, singing, or mediating on/studying Scripture.
When we give Him quality time, we allow for spiritual growth through His wisdom and truth. We also receive guidance in decision-making, task management, and even receive rest!
Speaking God’s Love Language
Loving God first is so important! It’s not just because His first commandment is to love Him, but also because He is the source of love (see 1 John 4:7).
So by going to the source by speaking God’s love language, our love tanks will overflow with His perfect love. We no longer will expect others to fill our love tank, but are able to pour into others what God has so graciously poured into us!
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)
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Post Question: What is one area of God’s love language that you can improve upon in order to show your love for Him? Comment below!