V 5 “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”.
There is spiritual empowerment that makes us love God unconditionally. Peter loved Jesus so much and never failed to say it. However, when the time of Jesus’ trial was near, he specifically told Peter that he was going to deny Him. Peter knew he loved Jesus and countered it. When the dark hour came, Peter denied Jesus! Not for lack of love but because his love was not empowered. After the resurrection, Jesus asked him three times, “Do you love me?” Although broken, he responded that Jesus knew that he loved Him. When the love of God was fired into his life, he became a different person. He denied Jesus before a slave girl, but after his love was empowered, he preached Jesus to the Jewish authorities! He could even sleep soundly in the prison awaiting death the next day because he was rest assured in the love of God.
The fact that you love God in the beginning must not make you careless. Solomon loved God in the beginning but loved strange women at the twilight of his years, 1Kings 11:1-2 “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, [and] Hittites; of the nations [concerning] which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: [for] surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love”. Due to this, he did not end well.
Uzziah was made King at age sixteen and did what was right before the Lord because he loved the Lord. He reigned for fifty-two years in Jerusalem. However, he didn’t end well, 2Chronicles 26:16 “But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to [his] destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense”. Because he ventured into what he was not authorized to do, he was afflicted with leprosy and was in confinement till he died. He deviated after walking with God for fifty-two years! Never get used to God, the longer your walk with Him, the more careful you should become.
Prayer point: Father Lord, fire Your love into my heart more and more each day in the name of Jesus.