How important are our affections toward God? More than we can imagine. It is a fearful thing not to understand how important our affections are toward God. 1 Cor 16:22 – If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The Greek word for love here is “phileo”, which means affection for or personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling. Another scripture that closely resembles this is found in Matt 10:37 – He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. The Greek word for love here is again “phileo”.
We shouldn’t think that God is going to curse us if we don’t have affection for Jesus. It is our affections for other things and people that affect our personal relationship with Jesus Christ that can curse us. 2 Cor 6:11-12 – Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. 12) You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. Many Christians go astray because their affections are stronger than the love of God working in them. Mark 4:18-19 – “And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19) but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
John 2:17 – His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” This scripture was speaking of the zeal and passion that Jesus had for the Father house, which is the Christian church as a whole. A strong character trait of affections is passion and zeal for that which we have affections for. This is very obvious in the world and can be readily seen. James 4:5 – Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? The Greek word for lusteth to envy is “epipotheo” which means to “crave possession of”. In this case God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit crave possession of our soul. His every thought is upon us to the saving of our soul unto eternal life. That is extreme affection! This is why our affections are so important. He wants to turn our affection towards Him, so through the love (agape) of God our affections will be turned to be like those of Jesus Christ. This is what is in the new heart He gives us in Eze 36:26 when we are born again. The Apostle Paul was like this. Phil 1:8 – For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. The Greek word “epipotheo” used in James 4:5 for “lusteth” is the same word for “greatly I long after” in this scripture. Paul’s affections were transformed to be like those of God. This is God’s desire today for every Christian. The same passion and drive of the affection of God to do all that He has done for us should also drive us to extend His kingdom on earth.