First John 4:9-11 states: In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God has sent his only begotten son into the world that we might live through him. In this love, not that we loved God but, that he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us we also ought to love one another. I want to talk about love not the conditional love of the world but the unconditional love, the love of God.
We know that the Christian walk is a walk of love. If it was not for the love of God we would be on our way to a devil`s hell. When we receive the love of God in our hearts, his love changes us. We begin to appreciate what God has done for us and how much he really loves us. Especially when we were sinners and hated God not knowing it was him who kept us. This agape love is what changes us from the inside out beseeching us to live for Christ. When we live for Christ everything changes. We don`t want to do the things we used to do or hang around the people we used to hang out with. We do not want anything or anyone to interfere with the love of Christ. When God`s love get inside of us we become a little selfish with our loved ones wanting to spend more time with God. The love of God will definitely change the way you act, think and talk. You begin to notice that there is a greater purpose in life.
When you love God with all of your heart, mind and soul you sometimes find yourself crying for no reason.. Things that you were not concerned with when you were in the world you begin to pray about. Everything you do counts for eternity. You find yourself repenting like a thousand times for sins you probably did not commit but the love of God moves you to do so.
If a brother or sister has a need the love of God will make you reach in your pocket and give to him or her; moreover, you will give to sinners also because they have a need also. It is not hard to love God. The way of a transgressor is hard but love covers a multitude of sins. True love goes beyond feelings; it is about commitment and/ or faithfulness. Love is not in word only but in deed also (1 John 3:18). Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles said I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). First John 4:19 sums this up nicely: we love him because he first loved us. Amen.