Romans 5:5 “… the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
1 John 4:8 describes God as love, meaning that the very core of God’s being is love. With this, conceptually we can substitute love in Scriptures for everywhere we find God. God’s love is supernatural. It’s not the natural selfish love that is commonly experienced. Many say the strongest natural love is the love of a mother for a child. The truth about this is that this kind of love is somewhat selfish also. God’s love is selfless, it’s God constantly giving of Himself to humanity, not because humanity can do anything in return, but simply because He desires the best for His children. In John 3:16 clearly we God giving Himself wholly to humanity for the purposes of reconciliation, and this was at a time when man was doomed for judgment and an enemy of God. While we were still enemies Christ died for us all (Rom. 5:6-8).
A few characteristics about this love from Scripture are:
(1) God’s love gives even to the point of death (John 3:16)
(2) God’s love does not discriminate amongst individuals (Matt. 5:44-45)
(3) God’s love is quick to forgive and slow to anger (Ps. 103:8)
(4) God’s love is limitless (Eph. 3:17-19)
This same love is what has been poured in the heart of all of God’s children by the Spirit of God (Rom.5:5). This in turn means that we have the capacity to love like God does. In John 13:35, Jesus exhorts His disciples saying “by this shall men know you are my disciples, because you love”. The fruit of our lives as children of God is in our demonstration of the love of God that’s within us. Primarily this should be the yardstick for measuring our spiritual growth because as we grow in love we are becoming more like Him, for God is love.
Finally Ephesians 3:19 says “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. Being perfect in the love of God is to be filled with the very fullness of God. Begin to exercise your love muscles today, beyond how you feel in circumstances; make a conscious decision by the power of the Holy Spirit within you to act on the love nature. Meditate 1 Cor. 13:4-8 in the Amplified translation to build the strength needed.
Scriptures to Meditate: 1 Cor. 13:4-8, Rom. 12:9-21;13:8, 1 Pet. 4:8