1 John 4:7-21
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
How to hear God’s Voice.
Because the Bible states that God is love, we must acknowledge that the true source of the love is not endorphins or positive thinking or your brain – these are just reflections of the spiritual reality of love. Love isn’t from a cosmic ‘force’ either. Love “is” a person – this ‘person’ is God. The first step to hearing Gods voice is to acknowledge this fact while simultaneously experiencing love. This is the only way for you to know what ‘direction’ to listen to when you want to hear from God.
Please note: if you actually seek to hear from God, you will need patience. It can sometimes take time depending on who you are. Meditation is not easy for most people, but have faith that you will get results, and you will get what you ask for!
STEP 1 – Inspiring Love
John states: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
So the first goal in learning to hear God’s voice is to experience love.
To do this we must first inspire love in ourselves. This could mean thinking of things like your loved ones hugging you, or even a cute puppy. The exact way you inspire love doesn’t matter, as long as it is pure and helps you focus on the feeling of love.
STEP 2 – Focusing on Love
Once you can feel love welling up inside you, stop thinking of the thoughts that helped you to feel love, and start focusing on love itself. Focus on how it feels; the warmth, the gentleness… Do this until love becomes very intense within you, like a burning flame.
STEP 3 – Acknowledging Love is God.
While meditating on love, try to realize that the love you feel is actually God. Once you get the revelation that love is a person – who is God – you can now start loving God. This is basically ‘loving love’ – but not in the sense that love is a feeling, but more in the sense that you are loving the person of God who ‘is’ love.
This experience is what many Christians call “soaking”. It is like drinking and eating God’s love for you, and is probably the most important aspect of Christian life.
STEP 4 – Listening to God
Now that you know “where” god is inside you, you can ask God something simple like “what do you think of me”, and you will get a response. It will not be a booming voice, but it will be instantaneous knowledge from love. Often the best thing to do when listening to God is not to ask God what you want to know, but to ask God what he wants to say to you. This will always affect you in a more positive way, as he knows what you need better than you know yourself. It does require faith to accept what comes from your heart, but over time you will grow in it.
When starting out, you may be fallible in being confused as to what is and isn’t God speaking. Sometimes it may actually be demons in disguise as an angel of light, and sometimes it is your own desires. If he asks you to do something that is uncomfortable but benefits you, then it’s probably him. If, over time, he never asks you to do anything uncomfortable, then its definitely not God! God wants you to grow, and will challenge you. But if he asks you to do something that will hurt yourself, then it’s definitely not him. The easiest way to check this is to see whether or not it matches scripture. You can also check if it’s from God by asking for a confirmation.
Romantic Love Confusion
One of the easiest ways demons can disguise themselves is by high jacking romantic love. Our romantic desires for other humans can easily be confused for the love of God, when they are totally different. When dealing with romance, it is best to ask other unbiased & trustworthy people to hear from God in your place. Another thing to note is that God often says things that are uncomfortable, but in a way that will benefit you.