“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
In the Beginning
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
In the beginning, Adam and Eve committed the first sin by eating a fruit from the forbidden tree. We don’t actually know if it’s an apple, but we can assume. Now, the only way to atone for, or make up for, sin was through sacrifice because blood was an acceptable offering to God to cover the fact someone sinned against him. That is, this was the case until Jesus was put to death, a completely righteous and sinless being and the Son of God, as the final sacrifice.
Love Fulfills the Law
“Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
I already talked about what love actually is. If anyone has questions, I recommend studying 1 Corinthians chapter 13 (The Love Chapter). If God had wanted us to fulfill or follow the law, but sent his son to redeem us, or free us from the law, what’s left? God wants us to love each other. Yet, I believe there truly is more to life and our relationship with God than simply loving ourselves, God, and people.
Ever heard the saying, “God wants your heart?” It’s true! He wants us to surrender to him our hearts so his spirit can work in us and make us who he wants us to be. I know lots of people, however, including myself, who are too ashamed or afraid to even be honest about where our hearts are at. To overcome this, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a revelation of God’s love. And if you struggle with feeling condemned, I think you should listen to Joyce Meyer sermons. She touches tons on feelings of inadequacy.
God already knows everything about us and sees all we do. “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar” (Psalm 139:2). But the good thing is, we don’t need to be afraid! He plans to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11). Even better, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1), meaning all who place their faith and abide in Jesus are free and safe from punishment and disapproval, which is the very definition of condemnation.
Feel Like There Still is More to Life?
This would definitely prove a touchy subject, but I believe there’s more to life than love. You love with your whole heart, or as best you can, anyways, and always try to turn to God and bring him glory, but you might still feel empty. I’ve always felt like my relationship with God was not where it should be, but I did very specific things as according to the Bible. I would work really hard to put others first by spending most of my money on others, helping people when I would rather do my own thing, and giving lots of hugs and smiles, all while trying my hardest to keep God involved through prayer and worship. Yet, it seemed like I wasn’t fully pleasing to him, or doing enough. I became pretty depressed because of the walls between God and myself.
Finally, I went to God in honest prayer and asked, through tears, “What do you really want from me God? I know you tell us to love, but our relationship isn’t what I’d hoped!” He replied, “Surrender your pride.” I’ve heard to “surrender [my] heart” plenty of times! But to be told to surrender my pride confused me and actually hurt my pride. Oftentimes, hidden or denied pride keeps us from seeking or loving God wholeheartedly, and can leave us feeling hopeless and empty, like our efforts aren’t enough. What’s coming between you and God? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you so you can be fulfilled by the Living Water.