Oswald Chambers, in his definitive work ‘My Utmost for His Highest’, posits that “Love for God is not sentimental, for the saint to love as God loves is the most practical thing.” It makes sense to love as God commands and it is illogical not to do so. Love is a decision. We like to dress it up and make it romantic, sentimental and deep. And, while we can certainly find these elements in every type of love; at its core, love is a choice, which we make in response to having so lavishly received love from God.
When we choose to be in relationship with God through knowing and loving Jesus Christ, we also choose to live a lifestyle characterized by Christ’s love. There is no way to be successful as a bearer of the name of Christ without doing this. The beauty of it all is that the choice to love God and others as the bible commands (See Matthew 22:37-40) is not only good for the objects and recipients of our love, but also it reverberates positively throughout our own lives. You improve your own condition in life when you decide to live a life of love. The same love that God sent Jesus to share with the world is alive in all of us who yet believe. It just makes good sense to share it.
“This is what I command you: Love one another.” (John 15:17 HCSB)