This Is Love For God

Jesus gave two simple commandments that He declared were the very foundation for the whole of the the Law and the Prophets. In other words, all of the numerous laws found in the Old Testament essentially boil down to loving God and loving others. We cannot accomplish such selfless and self-sacrificing love (agape love) by our own will and power—we need the Holy Spirit’s power, motivation, and wisdom to do so.

1 John 5:3 tells us how—by the Spirit—we will be able to love God; and as a result, love others: “This is the love of God: to obey His commands; and His commands are not burdensome.” When we obey the two commands Jesus gave to us, we demonstrate in the most overt way possible that we truly love our Lord. This is not the kind of obedience that comes from law-keeping to earn our salvation in any way. No, it is the obedience that springs out of our hearts to honor, respect, and show genuine love for the Father…from a Spirit-filled desire to obey that first flows from his love for us (1 John 4:19); and then out of that abundance, our love for Him.