To me, this is really the whole heart of the gospel. God is love, and He must be the center of everything. It’s so easy for us to get into the habit of going through the right motions or doing good things, but without love our efforts are nothing.
How do we start with love? How do we make love the driving force behind all we do? By seeking the one who is love. By looking to the one who gave His life and all of Heaven for us, that we may live. By resting in the arms of the one who conquered sin and death, not because He had to, but because He loved us.
“We love because He first loved us.” 1John 4:19 (Such a great love letter that chapter – I highly recommend reading it). He is the author of love, so let us drink deeply of Him, that His love may overflow in us today.