Often we will hear that expression uttered out of some frustrating event, “Oh for the love of God!” When in truth…our lives are to be all about the love of God, always!
Jesus reduced the entirety of 39 books comprising the Old Covenant, to two simple abbreviated commands: the first and most important is to love God with all our being and the second is love our neighbor as ourselves. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commands (Matthew 22:37-40). We are made for love!
But the greatest love to be lived out is the love of and the love for God Himself. This is not a love for God that is necessitated by some deranged, compulsive, insecurity, within the Godhead. Understand that God is an eternal being, existing forever in what we call the past before anything existed. God did not create human beings because he was lonely or needy.
As best we know God now, there are two defining elements of His Being: Holy, which we don’t talk much about (Psalm 99:9; Rev. 3:7); and Love (Jer. 31:3; 1 John 4:8). Here is the big picture…since God made us in His image according to His likeness, then holiness and lovingness, is the core of our being as well. When we are in a far-away country from God, that which is holy and that which is love, will be conspicuously missing in our lives.
When our created “in His likeness” is off, we are off humanness…and need to find our way back to God. I will end with this: “…the love of Christ constraineth us…” (2nd Corinthians 5:14). Other translations say that the love of Christ is that which “compels, controls, and rules us” NKJV, NLT, TEV.
Let’s get all the way back to God!