You can’t compel love. A person held in a relationship against their will would never be said to be in love with the one holding them there. However, when Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”
Jesus answered, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22
The American Heritage Dictionary says that a commandment is “n. A command; an edict.” However, in the Bible commandments are less like commands and more like the negotiated terms of a commitment or contract. Just as a marriage is a commitment between one man and one woman that has specific terms of faithfulness, support, and care — our relationship with God can be a committed relationship that will be successful according to the terms that we expect, maintain, and dedicate our lives to.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13
Jesus is not compelling our love. He is actually not even commanding our love. Jesus is providing, sustaining, and empowering our love by consistently being there for us, blessing us, and providing for our happiness and success. He is keeping up his part of our relationship with Him — meeting us where we are and loving us with everything that He is.
However, just knowing Jesus loves every human being isn’t enough, because when we don’t love Him in return even His infinite love and omnipotent presence is ineffective in its attempt at blessing us. This is why He so passionately wants people to love Him — because love is always a two way street. One way love is ineffective until it is received and reciprocated. And so the all powerful creator of the universe says, “Love me so that I can bless you! Give me the opportunity to show you what I can do for you!”
It is God’s passionate joy to give you every good thing from success in business to good health and fulfilling relationships. He wants to bless your life with intimacy, peace, and contentment. He wants the best results possible in every situation that is facing you today, because He already loves you with everything that He is and everything that He has — and that’s everything.
The entirety of creation was designed to bless you, because God loves you. He created you so that He could bless you, and now He is telling you these two keys to success in life – Love God and Love Other People Just Like God Loves Them.
Intimacy. Real, lasting, deep, and passionate connections between human beings. Intimacy is what matters the most to God. Intimacy can heal the body. Intimacy can heal the spirit. Intimacy can solve the hatred, anger, depression, anxiety, and every other sin facing you today. Because intimacy is the presence of God. Intimacy is the result of love received and returned. Intimacy is the connection that God is looking for that enables His blessings, and His awesome will to be done.