God’s love ignites an eternal fire inside the regenerated heart of mankind.
Matthew 22:36-37 (KJB) Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
If man were able to love perfectly, he would never desire to break God’s commandments. This side of heaven the regenerated man is far from attaining godly perfection or loving perfectly. Only God can emit true love. Man chooses to exist, either by selfishly living and accommodating his flesh. Or choosing to reside spiritually in tune with God and cloaked in His mercy and grace. Walking daily with God perfects man little by little forming him more and more in God’s image each day. Man both lives and loves from faith to faith as expressed in Romans 1:17.
The man who lives for things of God will spiritually mature in Christ being found perfect in the eternal realm. The man who lives for things of this world will reap the consequences of his sin both in this world and for all eternity.
No man of God will ever love perfectly until the day he is present with God in the eternal realm. While a man is present on this earth he has a lot of life lessons to learn and spiritually digest about the depth and width of God’s unconditional love.
The world’s take on love is often portrayed through simple and shallow relationships grounded on a squishy, feely, emotional, and ever-changing frivolous love. This flavor of love tends to shift and shimmy according to the sudden advent of contrary winds. It is at best a “pseudo love” which cannot be nailed down, counted on, or ever adequately defined. The love at work in this world always depends on objects, other people, or circumstances to remain somewhat firm and unfaltering. The moment its earthly foundation begins to wobble, lean or fail, this kind of cheap or counterfeit love often quickly fades and disappears. Individuals end up hurt or offended or seemingly left on their own without even a façade of love working in their life.
Godly love, on the other hand, is not conditioned by man’s actions, environment, or ability in this world. God’s love is filled with an abundance of His mercy love and grace. His love remains firm and unfaltering despite any untoward circumstances. A solid spiritual standing cloaked in His unconditional love relies solely upon the supernatural power and strength of God rather than relying on anything or any person in this world.
Romans 8:35-39 (KJB) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.God’s Word clearly encourages us to speak about God’s love to others through quoting scripture (Hebrews 4:12). This can bring about spiritual heart health and mature growth (2 Peter 3:18), (Ephesians 4:15) in the lives of those around us.
Sometimes the truths found in God’s Word are found to be quite sharp and pointed. Christians are to temper truth with love and grace. The child of God desires to speak the Truth because of the love he has for the spiritual health of those family,friends, and strangers about him. Quoting God’s Word is where the supernatural power of salvation resides. Man’s own words and opinions have no power for bringing spiritual change inside the ill heart of unregenerate men.
Ephesians 3:17-19 (KJB) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Christ can come to reside inside the heart of any man who views sin as God sees it and chooses to invite the presence of God to live and dwell inside his heart. God loves mankind too much to simply occupy or “take over” the condition of his or her heart. God draws man to Himself innately since his birth, through the elements in His creation, and through the actions and words of others. Is your life a billboard advertising the love, grace, and mercy of God? Or an offensive message containing the sin, evil, and darkness at work in this world.
God’s Word encourages man to be both lovely and careful in all his doings because of his love for God:
1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJB) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
People living in tune with the devil’s tolerant nature and broad-mindedness at work in this world rush to believe the child of God’s nature is unlovely and hateful because he or she dares to take a stand against sin and to separate himself from ungodly actions and words not agreeable to the holiness and righteousness of God. True love is not palatable, it does not soothe or make others feel comfortable about themselves and their actions as they choose to go against the spiritual grain of the commandments and precepts of God. True love encourages others to see the ill spiritual condition of their own heart as God views it. True love at work in the child of God’s heart encourages him or her to promote godly words, actions, and lifestyle choices while taking care to divide himself away from ungodliness, while passionately sowing seeds of the gospel message.
The child of God is to sincerely love the sinner while hating sin. Like God, he or she does not desire for anyone to be destined to exist in the fires of Hell in the eternal realm (1timothy 2:4) but to live for all eternity in fellowship with God.
God loves all mankind and finds all sin offensive despite some who divide sins into degrees or levels as a “big sin” or a “little sin. The truth is All sin stands in opposition to the holiness and righteousness of God. The greatest commandment given by God is to love others. This can only be accomplished by relying on God’s supernatural power and strength to ignite the fire of sincere love inside his heart towards others.