What is the Love of God?
Going from the Old Testament to the New Testament, nothing changed regarding the way God wants man to love Him. What did change was the method of payment for sin. God wanted the children of Israel to obey His Commandments out of a sincere, heartfelt love for Him, while payment for sin was accomplished through animal sacrifices. He presently desires that all who hear the Gospel will love Him just as He showed His love for all of mankind by sending His Son to pay for the sins of the whole world. God has always wanted to have a relationship with man that was based on His love for man and man’s love for Him. God has always desired the love of mankind. He first loved us and gave Himself for us out of love. When we return to God, the love that God has for us, by accepting His offer of forgiveness for our sin through Jesus Christ, brings us into an intimate personal relationship with Him that will forever continually grow and prove to be worth more than all the riches of the entire universe.