The problem of all people, in fact, the problem of all humanity is love. We all desire to be loved and we tend to gravitate towards people that say they love us. There is a knowing and there is a knowing, and when you know that the reality that Christ has first loved you, changes everything.
The knowledge of the love of God for you will bring an end to fear and anxiety. You cannot fail in life when you know that God loves you. God sent His Son to die for our sins and that is to boldly declare to us that God loves all of humanity unconditionally.
Some men are predators and they take advantage of the love of some women. That is not the same with God. God truly loves us and He wants to be loved in return. The first commandment is that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind (Matt 22:37).
However, we must first receive the love of God to be able to love Him. Whoever has not received the love of God cannot love God. God does not love you because of who you are; He loves you because of who He is. Your encounter with the love of Jesus takes your life to a level of cosmic significance.
1 John 4:19, We love him because He first loved us.
Things to know about the love of God:
- God does not love you because of who you are; He loves you because of who He is. Rom 5:5
- We are all called to love God more than anything else. Matt 22:37.
- The final test of love is obedience. Jn 14:24
- The language of those who love God is joy and rejoicing. Rom 14:17; Zech 3:17
- We become what we love. 1 John 3:2
You cannot compare the love of Christ with the love of man. The love of Christ goes beyond reason. The love that God loves us is an everlasting love. There are dimensions in love and God would have us grow the love we have for Him. Ephesians 3:17-19,
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
The more time you spend in God’s presence will change you to become like Him. Loving wrong objects is fatal to spiritual growth. Love changes and moulds and shapes and transforms you because of its creative affinity. Our lives, to a large degree, begins to revolve around what we love and we become it.
God is not justice nor wisdom nor righteousness; none of those attributes constitute His essence. His essence is love. To love God is not just a little part of our lives; it is the essence of our lives. The reason God created us is so that we can love Him; He gave us His love so that we can love Him back.
– Pastor Alex Adegboye