It’s amazing to know that God loved you and I from the very beginning of creation and has continued to love us without reward even in the fall. God loves because He is love itself and, unlike us in our spiritual journey of wanting God to bless us and give us something, God would continue to love even if no one turned to love Him back.
God is the personification of love.
We want to love God for all He can do for us:- bless our families and relationships, our homes, our work but there is a deeper level. In Romans 5:5 it says ‘And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us’- NIV.
The love of God has been poured out within our hearts – what a precious picture for us to remember.
Some of the pain we go through, where we don’t seem to get blessings are part of the process where the real love He has poured into our hearts can emerge in order for us to love Him with that love. God asks that we believe in the unseen and eternal. ‘However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit’ – 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NIV.
He asks us to go to a deeper level where we love God because He is God and where we love Him in the same way as He loves us allowing Him to take us deeper in an experience of loving Him. He may ask that in that process we leave some of our old ways behind and start a new phase in our spiritual lives. God asks that we love Him with the kind of love that does not make demands but is simply true. His expression of love back to Himself must be true to His character, which is pure and simple love.