This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).
I am not impressed at all when a man of God or believers express their love for God. Most often they say they love God more than man and I say that is false. How can you love God that you do not see and not love man that you see.
The Word of God should be your teacher and not life. A lot of the sayings we use now as Christians just came as a result of what we have experienced in this life. Once you become born again, it’s time to renew your mind and this can be done by continuously studying the Word of God. If you are a Christian and you respond to situations as someone who is not then something is missing in your perspective of why you are saved. You have to be transformed from inside out.
When man fell, he took the nature of the devil and that was selfishness, pride and self proving desires. The corruption that is in the world is through lust; a longing for something or anything in this world. You escape that by taking up the divine nature. You have been called out of darkness into His marvellous light therefore something has to take place from the inside. For you were once darkness but have now been transformed (translated) into light therefore let your light shine to all the ends of the earth by walking as children of light.
We are not praying a prayer just to go to heaven. It’s all about becoming like Him (Jesus) on the inside. Love emanates from the heart and one cannot give it unless he/she has experienced the love of God first hand. What profit will you gain when you continuously go to church and do Christian things and still have the unforgiveness in your heart like someone who does not even know God. To have the same spirit of jealousy in your heart like a man who does not even believe in God. It’s all about love. When God said let us make man in our own image, He was not talking about physical structure thus two legs and arms but rather His nature, who He is (God is Love).
Your created value is love not lust. There is no selfishness in love and no love in selfishness. We have made Christianity today all about ourselves. We have taken the Gospel of transformation and conversion and made it all about us. We have embraced a selfish perspective of why we are saved and have put a lot on God. This is even seen in our prayer life. Our prayer lives have turned into God I need this or that, do this for me. Always about ourselves. Jesus said if any man comes after me let him deny himself. Why? This is because you were never created for you but for Him for His Glory.
Anger, pride, jealousy, frustration and unforgiveness are not normal but are what we became after the fall. We think the people closer to us can hurt us the most. That is psychology not Gospel. The truth is the people closer are those we claim we love and love takes no account of a suffered wrong. Love thinks deeper than what they did. When I am free from you, I can love you. When I am not free from you, you can fail me or let me down. God did not save us just because we are sinful but because He knows who we really are and we were living way below that. If it was because of your sins, you would have been raptured when you got saved but no he wants you to control the world and not be controlled by the world.
It’s all about value and purpose. Your life is worthy of the blood of Jesus according to God the Father. A high price simply means a high value, but we beat ourselves down thinking that will lift Him up. We pursue blessing and power and forget to give ourselves away to Him. We are so busy trying to have faith and to build faith but it works through love. It comes through knowing Him.
Love is amazing. When you become love He trusts you with stewardship. God is love and without Him you cannot love. You can be emotional all you want but all that has a self-centred root. Love is precious and very broad and only Him can teach you. Continue fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit and your life will never be the same.