“The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost,” which is given unto us“ (Rom.5:5). The love of God is poured out, diffused filling, quickening, and invigorating all our powers and faculties, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
The love of God must be the spring of all our actions; it must be the motive of our obedience; the principle through which we love God, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
We love him because he first loved us; and we must love him with a love worthy of himself.
True love springs from God, it is his own; and every flame that rises from this pure and vigorous fire must be pleasing in his sight.
The love of God consumes what is unholy; refines every passion and appetite; sublimes the whole, and adapts all to itself, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mt.6:24)
And we know that this is the love of God; it differs widely from all that is earthly and sensual.
The Spirit of God comes into our life, and by his energy, he diffuses and penetrates every part of our life, and by his light we discover what God’s love is, and we come to know the state of grace in which we stand.
Thus we are furnished to every good word and work; God has produced in us the mind that was in Christ; he has enabled us to obey the pure law of our God in its spiritual sense, by loving him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and our neighbour, and every soul of man, as ourselves
What is the Character of God’s Love?
It is God’s love.It is the nature of love to seek out the helpless and the needy, and to pour into the lap of poverty all the wealth of its possession, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mt.11:28,30).
Love cannot remain inactive. The love of God reigning in the heart is a sure evidence of having received the Holy Spirit, and under his influence, of being in a course of preparation for heaven, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Phil.1:6).
(2.)The Lord’s love will manifests itself. “God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5.8).
When the Lord had nothing in the object to move Him, when we were so far from being good or just people, from being merciful or pious in the highest degree, that we were profane habitual sinners.
Our salvation by Christ is the product of God’s eternal counsel, that is, the fruit of his everlasting love; before the world began, we were in the eyes, yea, in and upon the heart of God, “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: ‘Jesus whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Ac.2:23) .
Love will not hide, it leaps over every barrier and shows itself,
Herein is love; not that we loved God” but that he loved us, and sent Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins, herein is love, not indeed that we loved God, for we were, on the contrary, in a state of enmity to him, in which, unsolicited and untouched by his love and grace, we should have continue in our sin and perished; but that he loved us, and in boundless compassion to our necessities and our miseries he gave us salvation, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”(Ac.2:12).
Let us note the sphere of the Lord’s operation. It is In our hearts. It is not enough to see the evidences of God’s love; His love is not satisfied with that. It is to bedeep in oursoul, watering the roots of our affections and purifying the springs of the life.
Therefore the justified by faith have peace with God, access to him by faith, hope of glory, joy in tribulation, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.
God’s love is shed abroad in our heart by his Holy Spirit. The love of God is to fill and flood our being, as the light of the sun is shed abroad on theearth, scattering darkness and turning barrenness into fruitfulness.
If the love of God possesses us we shall take pleasure, like Him, in loving sinners and making sacrifice for their salvation.
Love is the most practical thing on earth according to (1Co.r. 13:13) “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
The Divine Operator work is done by his Holy Spirit. This great work is done by the Holy Spirit Of Almighty God, “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (v.).
It is the Spirit’s work to unveil the love of God to us in Christ Jesus, and to create that love within us.
The Holy Ghost which is the Spirit of God is given to us and in which all may receive it according to (Ac.2:39).
If our hearts are to be filled with the love of God, the Holy Spirit must have His abode within our heart, (Acts 2:38) declares, “and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
The fruit of the Spirit is love, “Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts” (Gal.4:6).
The Lord declared in (Ezek.36:27) “I will put my Spirit in them;” not into the brain, to dwell there by common unsanctified gifts, but into the heart, where all the habits of grace are planted, and from whence all the issues of life proceed.
Let me say that the full infilling of the Spirit of God was reserved for the gospel age, and until the time that Jesus ascended, (Jh.7:39) But, After which the Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Ac. 2:1,4),
Whose effects were evident, not only in power to work miracles, and speak with other tongues, but also in a variety of spiritual gifts,
Beloved, if God so loved us, then, in the power and after the manner of that love we ought also to love one another (I.Jh.4.11).