Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and the great commandment.”
Jesus, quoting Moses, in Matthew 22:37
The love of God is the love of God. It is not a love for religion, per se. The love of God is the love of what God is, the love of what He does, what He says, and what He thinks.
If God speaks, then a person who loves God loves what has been said. Jesus told a group of Israel’s elders one day, “You have not the love of God in you!” (Jn. 5:42). How did he know that? He knew that because he was only saying what God the Father had sent him to say, and they did not love him for saying it. “If God were your Father,” he said, “you would love me, for I descended from God and am here; for I have not come of myself, but He sent me” (Jn. 8:42).
When one who loves God with all his heart, mind, and soul, he cannot love the religion of Christianity because it is not of God. It is an evil institution. The one who loves God with all his heart, mind, and soul loves and trusts Jesus completely, for the Father sent Jesus into the world. He can also love the Spirit, for God sends the Spirit upon all who believe on the name of His Son and turn from their evil ways. And if one loves God with all the love that is in his heart, mind, and soul, he will rejoice when he hears the truth because the truth comes only from the God that he loves.
The love of God is loving God and nothing else. That is what loving God with all your heart means. And the heart of no minister who is teaching error has yet been completely conquered by God. There still remains, somewhere in the heart of one who teaches falsely, some degree of love for the world.
Let us pray that the love of God will consume every other love that remains unnoticed in one of the many chambers of our heart. If that happens, we will speak and behave in very non-Christian ways, but those words and actions will be the words and actions of God living in us, and there will be no sin in us at all.