Posted by Jerry White on Jul 4, 2016
God’s kind of love is the strongest and most compelling motivation of all motivations. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son (John 3:16). Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends(John 15:13). If you love me, you will keep my commandments (John 14:15). The Greek word agape is used in all three references. This indicates it is the powerful motivator for sacrificial actions—to give all one can give, to lay down one’s life for another, to obey at all cost. An excellent definition for agape is “the sustained direction of one’s will toward the highest good of another regardless of the cost.”
The greatest commandment according to Jesus is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27).This is a commandment to be obeyed. Obedience is a choice of the will, not first and foremost a matter of feelings. One chooses to obey a command, with or without affectionate feelings. Anyone can choose with their will. Aligning one’s will to obey God’s command allows the Holy Spirit to unleash His power to make the choice real in one’s heart and soul. Without a deliberate choice, nothing will change. When the choice is made to love God with all of one’s being, the Holy Spirit is free to bear His fruit, and the fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22). Being motivated by God’s love filling the soul is why His yoke is easy, His burden is light and His commands are not burdensome. God’s kind of love is a delightful, satisfying and fulfilling motivation.
To regard lightly the Lord’s commands is because of not loving Jesus. To tolerate known sin in one’s life is because of not loving Jesus. Not to spend enjoyable time alone with the Lord is because of not loving Jesus. Not to pursue worshiping the Lord as first priority is because of not loving Jesus. To neglect giving of one’s money freely and joyfully is because of not loving Jesus.
The critical question is, do you love the Lord Jesus with all of your being? Have you made a deliberate and sustained choice with your will to seek the Lord’s highest good no matter what it may cost you? If Jesus asked you, as He did Simon Peter, Do you love (agape) Me? What would your answer be? Do you want the Lord Jesus to be blessed by your love for Him?