The answer to this question is no. Many people reject the thoughtful actions of others. Therefore, many people reject the love of God. Jesus’s greatest act of love was dying on the cross. The act should inspire you to love. You have a choice how you respond to this gift of Him taking our sin. We are not naturally inclined to love others. Unfortunately, we are in opposition to God. Since we are naturally in opposition to love we should look to the one who encapsulates it.
Galatians 5:13-14 (NASB):
“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but thru love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Anybody can receive a gift. You need to act of the gift that God has given to you thru the Son. I believe “the flesh” is our natural reaction. Jesus’s love for you should be a call to action. You are required by Him to “love your neighbor as yourself.” A good metaphor is winning the lottery. It is extremely easy to squander the money on purposeless desires. The money fades away as quickly as they got it. They spend the money on temporal things that give them pleasure in the moment. You are called to use the wealth God has given you for his purposes to be invested in love.
Romans 12:9-11 (NASB)
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord”
This verse is talking about how to love. If we inherently love others we wouldn’t need this verse. Well, we need it because we sin constantly. The key word in the passage is “diligence.” We need to be in constant pursuit of God’s truth. We fail to love each other when we are not diligent. God requires us to run the race of life to win. We need to get better at every avenue in our lives. Diligent to God is an act of love to our Creator. Does your boss at your place of business respect hard work or just enough to get by? This question is meant to be rhetorical. Showing diligence to the Lord and your neighbor is a great sign of your love for them.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NASB):
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
If you don’t know how to love look to Jesus. He was diligent to death. There is a problem with complacency in our culture. The more we have the less we feel is required of us. It is quite the opposite. Are we Diligent? Do we serve our Flesh? Do we follow Christ’s example? If the answer is no, we are falling short. Instead of saying it is impossible we need to be inspired to do more. As you are reading this what can you do right now? If our goal is heaven, then our actions should match heaven.