"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." 1 John 4:16b
God is love. He showed his great love by sending his son to die for us. But even more so, when we abide in him and his word abides in us we live in God. The agape love of God cannot be manifested outside of being in him. In 1 John 3:24 we read "Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us." There is no way that we can obey his commands without having the Holy Spirit.
Thirteen years ago when the Jesus became Lord in my life, I knew that I had been changed. It was a life changing experience. Although, I received Jesus as my savior when I was child, I had no power to overcome sin because I did not want to live for Christ. I wanted to still live apart from him. When he spoke to me personally thirteen years ago and became Lord over my life, the power of God came in and I wanted to obey him. This was because God loved me first that I could love God.
When the fire of God came into my life and I was like a burning flame out of control. I could not stop telling others of his goodness and who he was. He had changed my life and gave me a desire to be obedient and to stop living according to the world. Although I still faltered at times, he still kept gently showing me areas of my life that were not in his perfect will for my life. He worked with me gently to bring truth into my life so that I would submit to his authority and trust him. Although, I have not arrived yet I know that he lives in me.
God in his mercy and grace began showing the greater gift, love. He took that out of control flame that torched others and has begun to transform it into a gentle fire where others can come and warm themselves. He is teaching me that even with the wonderful gifts of the Spirit of God, by waiting and be humble and showing love to others that will bring them to God, restore them and heal them.
God desires that all be saved and come to the full knowledge of God. He desires to show you that God is love and that we can abide in his love. He is desiring to show us that overcoming power that lives in us. He is waiting ever so patiently for us. He sees the finished work in our lives. We just have to walk it out by faith in Him. May God bless you today with this!