“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. . . . My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. . . . everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15: 9-16)
And this is my prayer: that your love abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God. (Phil 2:3; 12-16)
Jesus didn’t just verbalize about love. Again and again, He demonstrated that love is a verb — an action word. In calling us to love as He does, He’s calling us to action, and not theoretical contemplation.
When this kind of love is within us, it keeps increasing. It produces depths of insight not possible on our own — insight into God’s heart and mind, because God is love.
The love of Christ in us allows us to discern His will, instead of our will or the will of others. It keeps us from fooling ourselves, or being fooled, about what God wants for us, which is always what is best. Only this level of discernment will enable us to remain pure in heart and mind, without blame on the day we meet Jesus.
This love makes us hungry for God’s Word. It leads to knowing Him more and more intimately. It helps us to discern His voice in the midst of the incessant babble of the world. This hunger leads us to dig deeper, to sift the soil, to plant our lives in the fertile ground enriched daily by time spent with HIm. It establishes our root system. It produces fruit that fills us and others. It brings glory to God.
Love is a living, growing organism. It’s rooted in Christ, sustained by Him, increased through Him, and bears fruit for Him.
Love is a verb. It’s an action word. Love for God and God’s love in us produces results.
Love is response. We love God because He first loved us. Without Him, we can do nothing.
But, praise God — we are not without Him!