A lot of people have erred when it comes to the love taught in the Bible. They simply believed that love is a one size fits all kind of thing. Almost every one is familiar with John 3:16.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
When most folks read this they focus on the first part only, God so loved the world. So, they go around confessing that God loves them and that’s all they need to believe. How could God, Who loves them, ever send them to hell just because they are having a good time and not hurting anyone? When God said He loved the world, He was saying that He was committed to save those who wanted salvation. But when you read the entire text, you must respond to His love by believing that He went to the cross in your place to die for your sins.
1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
John 14:15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Man cannot have the God kind of life based solely on the love of God! How do you expect God to bless you if you don’t love Him as prescribed in His Word? Some folks get all hung up on God’s laws and commandments. They endeavor to keep them, but only grudgingly, not because they love Him. Listen, God’s commandments and ways are easy when you’re committed to Him. If you’re not committed to something you want you will struggle in an attempt to possess it. When you’re committed, the hardship is so much easier because you know that something good is coming.
John 3:19 This is the condemnation, that light (Jesus / Word) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Jesus so loved the world, but the world loved the things of the world more than Him and the life He was offering them. The love that man operates in is performance based, if you show me favor and kindness I will return the same. If I don’t like you for any reason, I am justified to harm you any way I see fit. The human kind of love is in no way, by any means, the same as the God kind of love. The God kind of love does not change despite the conduct of people, it remains committed to everyone.
2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world.
Something in the world drew the lust in Demas and he resisted the love of God. He had a greater love for material things than for God Himself. God is trying to love us out of the world but some people prefer the things of the world despite the consequence. I don’t love the world like I use to, I have something to love that is for all eternity. The world and those who love her will pass away.