One of the many wonderful works accomplished by the Holy Spirit in your life is the cultivating of divine love. The Holy Spirit is the One Who fills you with the love of God.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. - Romans 5:5
Truly, the love of God comes from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the One Who causes this divine, eternal love to permeate the entire being – outer and inner man.
Think of just how primary love is, for everything that actually matters hangs upon this love.
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” - Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus teaches that the greatest command is loving God with your all – heart, soul, and mind. Jesus tells us that it all – your purpose, your life, your walk with the Lord – primarily rests upon your love for God and, secondly, your love for others. This means that by endowing us with the love of God, the Holy Spirit is giving us all that we need to live the successful Christian life.
Loving God is the key to life, and the Holy Spirit gives us both a desire for that love and that love itself. Without the Holy Spirit, one cannot truly love Jesus. In fact, without the Holy Spirit, one cannot even desire to love Jesus. I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit shares that love with us.
That love expresses itself in worship of and obedience toward Jesus, because Jesus is the focus of the Holy Spirit.
13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. - John 16:13 & 14
The Holy Spirit glorifies, magnifies, and emphasizes Jesus. His heart is to point humanity toward the Savior. The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus and, as I like to phrase it, vivifies Jesus. He makes Him more real to you than even your own flesh. And He does this because He loves Jesus.
There is no one on earth more passionate about the name of Jesus than the Holy Spirit. He loves Jesus more than anyone does. If you’ll yield your life to Him and obey His gentle voice, you will share in that love.
What a wonderful truth, that the Holy Spirit can cause you to love Jesus like He loves Jesus. Think about that! You can love Jesus like the Holy Spirit loves Jesus. Perhaps you are reading this right now and you are saying to yourself, “I want to love Jesus like the Holy Spirit loves Jesus.” Well, it’s possible, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
How can this love be attained or grown?
While your love for Jesus can grow throughout the remainder of all your days, there is, thankfully, a very simple place to at least begin.
Loving Jesus begins in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. After all, He is the One Who fills us with the love of God (Romans 5:5).
I first learned of this fellowship when I was eleven years old. A preacher pointed this verse out to me:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. - 2 Corinthians 13:14
What does it take to fellowship with the Holy Spirit? Simply put, it takes time and surrender.
Remember this: the essence of all true spirituality is simplicity. If it’s complicated or tedious, it isn’t spirituality, it’s religion.
Time spent in prayer and worship, being attentive to the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, will result in not only you loving Jesus but also being like Jesus.
The Holy Spirit loves the image of Jesus so much that He also works to bring about that majestic image in you. Whether you feel like fellowship with the Holy Spirit is accomplishing anything or not, know by faith that every second spent with the Holy Spirit is increasing the love of God within you.
The more time you spend in the presence of the Holy Spirit, the greater your love for Jesus becomes. The Holy Spirit will set your heart ablaze with an undying love for Jesus, if you’ll only give Him some time.