He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.1 John 4:8
You know the words, but do you know the nature?
My first wife, quite often used to say to me, "I don't know what love is." This is sadly truly of almost everyone and while you can say that you do, I guarantee that you don't know God's ABSOLUTE love, merely an aspect of it.
While His absolute love is far from romantic, it is not without romance, although it also has an assertive side to it, which we call "tough love" and there is merciful love, etc.
People say these words over and over again, "less of me and more of you". But I say, talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words, but it's a lot easier said than done, isn't it?
That's mainly due to our self-consciousness and fear of rejection, that all has its source in the survival instinct of the flesh, the seed of Satan that was planted the moment Eve acted on one, doubtful thought she couldn't resist.
The habit of covering up the sinful thoughts and urges of the flesh, has become so ingrained in us, that it has become second nature. However, we need to realize that it is not the primary nature in which God intended for us to live.
God knows you're afraid to show love, fear rejection and for your life. Jesus didn't though, did He? He loved others truthfully, without fear, knowing He would not only cop a lot of rejection, but that it would lead to His being crucified for it. You can't be more rejected than He was!
God's true love is not something you can truly know from reading scriptures over and over again. Knowledge is merely the stepping stones to understanding and if you have the passion for it, you will take the narrow path of gaining wisdom from the understanding. But wisdom doesn't come the same way. It only comes through many trials and tribulations, because like pearls on the ocean floor, the pearls of wisdom are formed under pressure.
We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.Acts 14:22
However, it's all still in the mind and the truth is, that God's supernatural realm of absolute love and virtue, His kingdom, is already within you where you can't see it, because of the wall of pride, sin, worldly thoughts, desires and concerns, etc. Because it is literally beyond your wildest imagination and the shadow of any doubt, and to experience it and "know" it, you must be prepared to step "out of your mind", absolutely!
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."Isaiah 55:9
The true way of life in God's absolute love (the truth, the way and the life), is all about letting His absolute, supernatural love flow through you, with unrelenting, unreserved and unadulterated power, passion and purpose, for He created us to be the blood vessels of His absolute love, that together form His body and His one and only TRUE will for each and every one of us, is exactly the same. Allow His absolute love, that burns with eternal, holy passion, to flow through you and be obedient to every impulse and inspiration that comes from His absolute love, so that it rules and governs your every thought, word and deed.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.2 Corinthians 4:7
He will fill you with His divine, supernatural love, but first, you have to overcome the world and your sin, all the thoughts and imaginings that rise up within you that have their Source In Negativity. Every spot and blemish of doubt, fear, resentment, unforgiveness, lust, evil intent, greed, jealousy, pride, envy, etc.
It's all too easy to avoid it, by keeping your head stuck in the book, reading about it, than expressing it, but you ought to know, that the true way of life in His eternal realm, is all about the ABSOLUTE EXPRESSION of His absolute love, with absolute virtuousness (righteousness), in the spirit of holiness, peacefulness, gracefulness and graciousness (Holy Spirit), with true humility, equanimity and cooperativeness (brotherly love), without the slightest "care in the world".
Reciting scripture and sitting behind church walls doesn't save the lost, lonely and broken-hearted. Only God's absolute, true love can heal a broken heart and fulfil the heart's one and only true desire, to be filled with absolute peace, love and joy!
Overcome your self-consciousness and your fear of what others might think, and act on the impulse and inspiration of God's true love within you, with humility, wisdom, gracefulness and graciousness. For that is the true way of life in God's kingdom, the eternal realm of His Image-Nation of Absolute Love.
Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising.Acts 17:29