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Which of the 5 Love Languages Does the Lord Speak?

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Have you taken Gary Chapman’s love language test? Knowing which of the 5 love languages you speak and prefer to receive can help you improve your relationships with family and loved ones.

Have you ever thought about which of the 5 love languages the Lord prefers to receive? Jesus Christ has spoken throughout scripture about the ways He asks His disciples to show devotion. Take a look at these scriptures and see if you can come to a conclusion about the Lord’s love language.

Words of Affirmation

People with words of affirmation as their love language respond best to statements of praise, validation, and especially gratitude. The Lord told one of His prophets, “And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things.” The Lord wants to hear us express gratitude for His help and daily sustenance. When Jesus instructed the Twelve Apostles how to pray, He included words of praise, indicating that acknowledging the Lord’s glory and divine assistance is a proper way to worship.

Acts of Service

In one sermon, Jesus taught His disciples that if they clothed the naked, fed the poor, visited the sick, and did other good deeds, it would be as though they had served Jesus Himself: “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

If your love language is acts of service, you typically want small tasks such as chores around the house done for you, and you feel the most loved by someone else when they help you. Jesus, however, wants us to complete those kind acts for other people, and He feels our love as though we had directly served Him. When the Lord asks us to do good unto our neighbors, serve in a position in church, and spend time serving in His temple, we can show our love for Him by performing these acts of service.

Gifts

For thousands of years, the Lord asked His followers to perform animal sacrifices to show their devotion. However, since Jesus Christ performed the great sacrifice of the Atonement, those gifts of fine animals are no longer required. In scripture, Jesus taught His people that, instead of burnt offerings, their gifts to Him would be “a broken heart and a contrite spirit,” meaning sincere repentance and devotion to the gospel.

Other gifts we offer to the Lord include our money in the form of tithing as well as church buildings and temples that we dedicate to Him. Most people with gifts as their love language don’t care as much about the physical object they receive as much as the thought put into it. They love it when others pick out something special just for them, no matter how big or how costly. Jesus Christ is the same: He wants us to give our whole hearts and other sacrifices willingly. He sees our hearts and the intent behind our gift giving.

Quality Time

People with the love language of quality time want to do activities with their loved ones, whether that is enjoying a family trip, eating a meal together, or just talking one-on-one. These people feel loved when they get to spend meaningful time with their friends and family.

Throughout scripture, the Lord commands His disciples to keep the Sabbath day holy, to pray to the Father often, and to search the scriptures. When we devote our time to understanding the Lord better, we’re spending quality time with Him even though we don’t see Him face to face. Prayer lets us talk directly to Heavenly Father, and when we study the scriptures, we’re giving Him the chance to talk back to us through His prophets. Studying the scriptures lets us learn more about Jesus Christ and feel close to Him as we ponder His mission on earth and His love for us. The quality of our Sabbath day observance, prayer, and scripture study conveys our love to the Lord.

Physical Touch

Although we cannot physically touch Jesus Christ now, touch played a crucial role in His earthly ministry. Many people He touched were healed, and after His resurrection, He allowed His followers to touch His hands and feet to witness that He truly had died and lived again.

The love language of physical touch may draw on the principle that Jesus Christ experiences kindness vicariously through our acts of kindness. When we hug a friend or family member and express our love during a hard time, He must feel that love. When we reach out to a stranger in need and lend a helping hand, the Lord witnesses our kind touch and surely rejoices.

After reflecting on these 5 love languages, what do you think the Lord’s primary love language is? All 5 are important, but do you think there’s one He prefers to receive most? I didn’t come to any certain conclusion, but I would love to hear your input!

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