I don’t feel love for Christ? Is there hope?

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By BibleAsk Team


Love for Christ

It is not uncommon that a person may not feel love for Christ and is not moved by deep emotions to the One that gave His life to save the world. This is not a hopeless condition and there are steps one can take to navigate through this period.

  1. Live by Faith Not by Feelings: The Christian should not base his religious experience on feelings but on faith. Some may get converted and experience high levels of joy, with tears and emotions while others don’t. This doesn’t mean that the second group doesn’t have a genuine experience. The Bible defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). By faith the Christian considers himself already in possession of what has been promised him regardless of how he feels. His utter confidence in the One who has made the promises leaves no uncertainty as to their fulfillment.
  2. Understand the Nature of Spiritual Dryness: Spiritual dryness is a common experience in the Christian walk, and even renowned figures in the Bible faced moments of spiritual desolation. David, the Psalmist, expressed feelings of abandonment in Psalm 13:1-2 (NKJV): “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?”
  3. Seek God in Prayer and His Word: In times of spiritual dryness, intentional prayer and immersion in the Word of God can be transformative. Despite not feeling the emotions associated with love for God, one can choose to express honesty in prayer. The Psalms, in particular, offer a rich resource for expressing a range of emotions, including doubt, confusion, and longing for God’s presence.

    In Psalm 42:1-2 (NKJV), the Psalmist articulates the depth of his longing for God: “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Engaging in consistent prayer and immersing oneself in Scripture, even when emotions are cold, creates an environment where God can work, gradually renewing the heart and kindling a love for Him.
  4. Foster a Heart of Gratitude: Gratitude is a powerful antidote to spiritual dryness. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV), the apostle Paul encourages believers to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Despite not feeling love for God, intentionally focusing on the aspects of life and faith for which one can be grateful shifts the perspective. Gratitude redirects the attention from emotions to a posture of acknowledging God’s goodness, even in dry seasons.
  5. Engage in Christian Community: Isolation can exacerbate feelings of spiritual dryness. Connecting with a community of believers provides support, encouragement, and accountability. In Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV), believers are urged to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another.” Being part of a Christian community allows for shared experiences, prayer support, and the opportunity to witness how others navigate similar seasons.
  6. Serve Others: Engaging in acts of service can be a powerful way to break through the numbness of spiritual dryness. In Matthew 25:40 (NKJV), Jesus says, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Serving others provides an avenue to express love for God through practical actions, irrespective of emotional fluctuations.
  7. Meditate on God’s Attributes: Contemplation on God’s character and attributes, even in the absence of strong emotions, can lead to a renewed appreciation for who God is. In Exodus 34:6-7 (NKJV), the Lord reveals His character to Moses: “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” Meditating on these attributes reminds believers that God’s love is constant, irrespective of momentary feelings. Reflecting on the depth of God’s mercy and grace can evoke a response of love from a grateful heart.

In conclusion, facing a period when one doesn’t feel any love for God is a challenging aspect of the Christian journey. However, through intentional steps such as understanding the nature of faith, seeking God in prayer and His Word, fostering gratitude, engaging in community, serving others and meditating on God’s attributes believers can experience hope and a renewed and deepened connection with God through Christ.

In His service,
BibeAsk Team

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