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7 Reasons to Fall in Love with God (Again) 神を(再び)愛するようになる7つの理由

Today I would like to encourage you with 7 reasons to fall in love with God (again).

He made you. 神はあなたを造られた

Let’s dispel some myths first.

You are not an accident. あなたは偶然にできたのではありません。
You are not an animal. あなたは動物ではありません。
You are not a clone. あなたはクローンではありません。

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God has plans, He has a purpose for your life. The whole of Romans 9 is an essay on how God raises people for a purpose. We are called according to His purposes. There is a high, holy calling on each of our lives. We are to find it, understand it and enjoy it.

The book of Genesis emphasises that, unlike the animals, we are made in God’s image.
創世記にはこのように書かれています。動物のような形ではなく、私たちは神のかたちに造られました。Despite what some textbooks might say, you are not an animal.
You are a spiritual being created in the image of God for the purpose of fellowshipping with Him and walking with Him.
Failure to understand that – believing the lie that we are no more than animals – explains why 50% of my students would choose to save the life of their dog over the life of a neighbour if they could only save one.


Created in the image of God, we have many (but obviously not all) of the attributes of God (and obviously not in their fullness): knowledge, wisdom, will, freedom, holiness, mercy etc etc.

We are not clones. We have been uniquely designed. We are the fruit of God’s artistry.
The Psalms tell us that we have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (139:14)

Rejoice in your uniqueness, your purpose and your value.
We are to wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night saying ‘Thank you God for this wonderful gift of life you have given me.’
Knowing this, who wouldn’t fall in love with God again?

2. He knows you. 神はあなたを知っておられる

There is a truth that can be either absolutely wonderful and absolutely terrifying, depending on your relationship with God.
Psalm 139 tells us that
God searches us, He knows our comings and goings, He knows where we are at any given time, He knows our thoughts, He knows our words even before we speak them, He knows the very depths of our hearts.
For those who don’t know God, this can be mortifying. For those who know God and rest in Him, this is the ultimate comfort.


Chris Tomlin nailed it when he sang, “You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same, you are amazing God.”
クリス トムリンはある歌の中でこう歌っています。「あなたは私の心の奥底を知っている。そして、分け隔てなく愛してくださる。あなたは驚くばかりの神である。」と、まさに言い得ていると思います。

Psalm 121: 5 The Lord watches over you… 7 he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
5 主はあなたを守る者、7 またあなたの命を守られる。
8 主は今からとこしえに至るまで、あなたの出ると入るとを守られるであろう。

Understanding this, who wouldn’t fall in love with God again?

3. He Provides for you 神はあなたを養ってくださる

There is the provision of daily bread. 日々の糧が与えられています。

I hope you say grace before eating every night because ultimately it is always God who puts food on your table.

As He provides for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, so He provides for you and if you lack anything, ask HIm and He will provide it for you.

But there is a greater provision that we should always carry with us.
There is the provision of salvation. 救いが与えられています。
God gave us food and drink. He gave us clothes. He gave us houses to live in. But He also gave us His Son so that by believing in Him we can enter eternal life.
More than this, He gave us His holy, living Word to sustain us daily.

Just a thought here: how many times a day do you sustain yourself with food (eat)?
How many times a day do you sustain yourself with the Word of God?
Do you have the balance of God’s provision right? Are you obese in one area and emaciated in another? Pray about that.

The writer of Hebrews was under some really heavy inspiration when he wrote this about God’s provision:
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:1-3
1 神は、むかしは、預言者たちにより、いろいろな時に、いろいろな方法で、先祖たちに語られたが、
2 この終りの時には、御子によって、わたしたちに語られたのである。神は御子を万物の相続者と定め、また、御子によって、もろもろの世界を造られた。
3 御子は神の栄光の輝きであり、神の本質の真の姿であって、その力ある言葉をもって万物を保っておられる。そして罪のきよめのわざをなし終えてから、いと高き所にいます大能者の右に、座につかれたのである。ヘブライ人への手紙1:1-3

This leads us to our 4th reason for falling in love with God again:

4. He forgives you. 神はあなたを赦してくださる

It’s here that we really come to see the extraordinary patience, gentleness and kindness of God.

His mercy and grace are demonstrated in the depths of His ability and willingness not just to forgive but to provide the means for our forgiveness.

God’s forgiving nature is wrapped up in the famous proclamation of His identity in

Exodus 34:5-7:
Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
6 主は彼の前を過ぎて宣べられた。「主、主、あわれみあり、恵みあり、怒ることおそく、いつくしみと、まこととの豊かなる神、
7 いつくしみを千代までも施し、悪と、とがと、罪とをゆるす者、しかし、罰すべき者をば決してゆるさず、父の罪を子に報い、子の子に報いて、三、四代におよぼす者」。 出エジプト記34:5-7

The only reason you can take communion today is because God purified you from your sin through the death of Jesus.

At the end of the movie “Saving Private Ryan”, as Tom Hanks character gives his life so that Matt Damon’s character might live, he says to him, “Earn this”.

They are moving words but they have no place in the gospel story.
You can’t earn or pay back the forgiveness that Jesus has provided but you can receive it with thanks and you can spend the rest of your life loving Him for it.

Receiving this, who wouldn’t fall in love with God again?

5. He empowers you. 神はあなたに力を与えてくださる

God created us, knows us intimately, provides for us, and saves us. Isn’t that enough?
Apparently not.
He also calls us and empowers us for that call.

And if you’re anything like me you will respond by saying something like, “God, I think you’ve got the wrong guy. I’m just your average joe. I’m not particularly spiritual. I don’t have much faith. I’m not ministry material.”


Moses tried to get away with this approach, so did Gideon , so did even the great prophet Isaiah before God cleansed him. Jonah actually went one step further and just ran away.

And if you’re like me (and some of those other guys), the reason you say this is because you are looking at yourself and not God.

But it is God’s good pleasure to take the ordinary and make it holy;
to take the charred remains of a life and make something beautiful out of it;
to take a spirit of heaviness and replace it with a garment of praise;
to take a natural person and make them a supernatural person;
to take an empty vessel and fill it with the Holy Spirit.

These are not my words. I have stolen them from Isaiah (61:1-3) Check it out for homework.
God does all this through His Son Jesus who forgives and empowers his disciples, baptising them with the Holy Spirit and calling them to be regularly filled with the Spirit.

Experiencing this, who wouldn’t fall in love with God again?

6. He is always with you. 神はいつもあなたとともにいてくださる

This is the last thing Jesus said to His disciples before He departed. This is the great comfort. This is where we find true peace of God.

But I want to tell you something that might sound like a contradiction to what I was just saying about empowerment.
When you come before God in prayer, when you enter the presence of God by the provision of Christ, don’t seek empowerment.
Don’t seek mere experiences. (Don’t resist empowerment or experiences of God! But don’t seek them as the first priority.)
Just seek God. Just enjoy God. ただ神を求めてください。ただ神を楽しんでください。
Enjoy worshipping Him and being in His presence.

Whoever wrote the shorter Westminster Catechism sure walked with God.
It says, “The chief purpose of man is to enjoy God and worship Him forever.”
That’s it. That’s how we seek the Kingdom of God. And the reason we can enjoy God and worship Him always because He is always with us.

The empowerment and the experiences of God flow from His presence.

Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Enjoying this, who wouldn’t fall in love with God again?

7. He loves you. 神はあなたを愛している

God loves us as His children, as His heirs, as the bride of Christ, as new creations, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wing. But the image I really love about God’s love is in the Psalm where it says that we are the “apple of His eye”.
詩篇に私たちを“ひとみのように見守り”と書いてあるところです。(Ps 17:8)
There’s real affection and cherishing there. It’s beautiful.

And God’s love for you is strong. We are taught that,
“neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38,39
39 高いものも深いものも、その他どんな被造物も、わたしたちの主キリスト・イエスにおける神の愛から、わたしたちを引き離すことはできないのである。ローマの信徒への手紙8:38,39

Our response to this enormous, intimate, affectionate, lavish love of God is worship, expressed in thanks, praise and obedience.
I love the way it is expressed in Psalm 71 (14-18). Let these be my final words today:

14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. 15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long— though I know not how to relate them all. 16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone. 17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
15 わたしの口はひねもすあなたの義と、あなたの救とを語るでしょう。わたしはその数を知らないからです。
16 わたしは主なる神の大能のみわざを携えゆき、ただあなたの義のみを、ほめたたえるでしょう。
17 神よ、あなたはわたしを若い時から教えられました。わたしはなお、あなたのくすしきみわざを宣べ伝えます。
18 神よ、わたしが年老いて、しらがとなるとも、あなたの力をきたらんとするすべての代に宣べ伝えるまで、わたしを見捨てないでください。詩篇71:14-18