1 John 5:3
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
The love of God could never and will never be adequately explained. Even when God tried to describe His love in John 3:16, He said, “For God so loved…” There will never be enough time, nor will there be enough books written about the greatness of the love of God. When one needs to describe love, they need to go no further than to paint a picture of the life of Christ because God is love.
The verse above says, “For this is the love of God…” This verse is talking about God’s love, but it is talking more about God’s love in the believer. The love of God in the believer is simply replacing the lust of the world with God’s love. The love of God in the believer is simply the believer being a conduit of God’s love to mankind. When God’s love is in you, five things will happen.
First, the love of God causes you to keep His Word. 1 John 2:5 says, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” God’s Word will never be grievous for the believer who allows God to love others through them. It was God’s love in Stephen that allowed him to love people who were stoning him to death. It was God’s love in Paul that made him to be willing to die so the Gentiles could get saved. It will never be grievous for the believer to keep God’s Word if they have God’s love in them.
Second, the love of God causes you to live for others. 1 John 3:16 says, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Living for others is easy when you allow God to love others through you. You will find that dying to self to live for others is easily accomplished when you become a conduit of God’s love to others.
Third, the love of God compels you to meet the needs of others. 1 John 3:17 says, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” What would cause someone to give of their own money and goods to help people they don’t know? The answer to this question is the love of God. You will find that giving becomes a way of life when you allow God to love others through you.
Fourth, the love of God inspires us to sacrifice our best for God. 1 John 4:9 says, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” “Giving up” something for God is not hard when the love of God is what drives you. It is the love of God as the central focus of one’s life that causes people to give up careers, money and desires so that others can be saved.
Fifth, the love of God causes us to keep His commandments. The only reason a person disobeys God’s Word is because they have quenched God’s ability to love others through them. The verse above makes it clear that God’s love in one’s life will result in keeping His commandments.
Notice that the love of God is never about self. The love of God is always about living for God and others. When you replace the lusts of the world with the love of God, you will find it easy to put God and others before your desires and wants.