This is how Jesus saw the people and He told them so…
John 5:39 (NKJV)
39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
The Jews relied on the Scriptures for their salvation, but they didn’t have the Love of God. In the end, just like the Jews, we can be caught up in a system of religion instead of having Gods love in us.
What is the Love of God?
Luke 11:42 (NKJV)
42 But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees of their great hold to the traditions of men and religion, but they would walk right past Justice and the Love of God. I am about to reveal to you what Holy Spirit taught me through the scriptures. Jesus was saying to them, you are walking right past “Me! I am the Love of God. Without Me, there is no way for you to Love God. I am the Revealer of who My Father is”.
When we begin to see this in the scriptures, they jump alive with the Truth of it. Jesus is the Love of God. Think about it! Jesus was sent to us because God so loved us. God looks at Jesus as the Love of God. The Jews didn’t understand what Jesus was talking about because they didn’t acknowledge Him as the Son of God and they don’t today. They still see their religion as their salvation even today.
How do we receive the Love of God?
Romans 5:5 (NKJV)
5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Did you see it? We receive the “Love of God” when the Holy Spirit pours Him into us. For each of us to be saved, we not only have to receive Jesus, and that is done by the hand of the Holy Spirit. Just as Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, we are made alive by the Holy Spirit. So awesome!
Once we have received Christ Jesus in our hearts, we then have the Love of God in us. What’s interesting to me is that it took years as a believer in Christ for me to begin to love God the way I do today. I wondered why it took so long for me to really fall in love with God. I fell in love with Jesus but I was always afraid of God. I didn’t know if someday He would just blot me out because of my sin. I remembered how my father treated me and didn’t really recognize that God the Father was any different.
When we are saved through Jesus coming into us, there is a process that begins in our lives. It is a process called sanctification. We are made more holy day by day. We can resist it and miss out on it all together, but if we yield to the Lord, we will be made holy as a people.
Nothing can separate us from the Love of God
Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)
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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Do you realize how impossible it would be to Love the True and Living God without Jesus being in us? It can’t happen. That love is spiritual not physical, and it has to come from Jesus alone. We need to be introduced to the Father through the Son.
Can we force the Love of God to grow in us? No. We can however allow that love to grow and mature by yielding to the move of Jesus in us. As we learn to worship Jesus, we will be taught how to worship God. It’s a process.