We seek what we love because it brings us joy, fulfillment, pleasure or something we need or desire. It can be either good or bad for us, but it will meet an inward need we have. In America we now have become for the most part a pleasure seeking people that will do about anything to get a rush or a high. This can come from a relationship, a drug, food, recognition, success or any number of things. I have discovered that which I really enjoy doing is very, very hard to quit even if it is bad for me once it starts. The big problem is what pleasures me today soon becomes not enough, and I want something greater to bring the same level of enjoyment. For some it will not matter what the cost will be to find that level of “fulfillment.”
We need to be very careful in what we seek after. The word “seek” speaks more to the motive of searching for something. To seek after something or someone has the idea of searching to obtain it until we do, because it has now great value to us.
We need to prayerfully decide on whether what I am seeking or wanting is good or bad for me physically, emotionally or spiritually. Sometimes the results of what I am doing can hurt me and not the act itself. Example of this might be watching football on the weekend. If I only watch one or two games a weekend, I still have time to do what I need to do for my family, my health and growing spiritually. This example illustrates the basis of how I can know what is good or bad for me. I believe our Creator God made us to be in relationship, first with Him and second with others. If I allow what I chose to love for my benefit alone most likely I am about to make a wrong decision. It is when I consider others in my sphere of influence to help me make a good decision to what to love I am on safe ground.
John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Gal 6:7-9 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Of course all this discernment starts with having a relationship with God – the God of the Bible. He then leads His children in wisdom.
Prov 2:1-9 My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; 8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.
For me and for His children we choose to “Seek What We Love,” the Father, His son the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. He then gives us the wisdom to stay on track and have a fruitful life.