Having The Love of God
" ... And hope maketh not ashamed; for the love
of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the
holy Ghost which is given unto us." (Romans 5:5)
In order for us to understand what it takes for us to have the love of God in our lives, first let's look at just a few scriptures: "Now the end of the commandment is charity (the love of God) out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: ..." (I Tim. 1:5). A good match to this scripture is Rom. 13:10: "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." And add Gal.5:14 to these: "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." And finally, as should be evident by these passages; "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing" (I Cor. 13:3).
Actually we could go on almost endlessly with quoting scriptures that substantiate the reality that having the love of God, or charity in our lives; and putting it to work, is what the faith of Christ is all about. And as the last scripture mentioned pointedly states; if our hearts do not possess charity, which is the love of God, we are nowhere with God. And to be
certain, if we are nowhere with God, we are certainly lost. Jesus drove this point home graphically in Mat. 24:12,13: "And because iniquity shall abound, the love (charity) of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure (keep the love of God alive in himself) unto the end, the same shall be saved." So according to Jesus, we must not only receive the love of God; we must also keep it actively thriving in our lives until the end of our lives, if we want to inherit eternal life.
With this truth irrefutably confirmed by the Scriptures, we now are confronted with this reality: According to our text scripture, we can only have the love of God, or charity in our hearts if we have received the
holy Ghost; because it is the holy Ghost that "sheds abroad" the love of God in our hearts. And as we have outlined soundly from the Scriptures on some of our other pages,
holy Ghost is the exact same thing as being baptized with the holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking with other tongues. So if we haven't received this blessed experience, then there simply is no way that we have even received the love of God in our hearts; much less keeping it actively alive in our lives.
So with these things established to us by the Scriptures, we can see how the scripture can say that "if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Rom. 8:9). The Spirit of God is the
because it is the very divine life substance of God's heart and mind. And according to I John 4:8,16, the nature of God is love; meaning of course
divine love, which is something separate from, and far greater than human love. And I Cor. 6:17 tells us that "he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit" (with the Lord). We are made one spirit with the Lord when we receive His Spirit into our spirit, just as a husband and wife become "one flesh" when they are joined to one another. This is how we are made "partakers of the divine nature," as mentioned in II Pet. 1:4.
The love of God is developed and increased in our lives through denying the sinful nature, and allowing the Spirit of God to overcome and put away sin from our lives (Rom. 6:1-10; Titus 2:11,12; Rom. 8:13; Gal. 5:16,22-24). The only way that anyone can rid their heart of sin is through the power of God's Spirit; and according to the Bible, anyone who retains sin in their life will not be saved (Eph. 5:1-7; Gal. 19-21; I Cor. 6:8-10; Mat. 5:8; Heb. 12:14, etc.). So then, we can follow after charity, or the love of God, if we've received it, and be saved; or we can follow after sin and lose out with God. The choice is ours, and I think I know what we want to do; so let's believe the truth and be on with it. Amen!