Love’s demands are insane. When someone is in love, he is completely sold on the good of the object loved; nothing he can do can break him from that love.
I think that’s why God is love. God demands that we love Him with all that we are. That can sometimes be a difficult thing to do. Especially if we view God other than what He is to us: Love personified. What else would prompt Him to lay down His life for us? Everything God has done, is doing, and will do is motivated by the most passionate love in existence.
When we realize that God is love, it’s a little bit easier to give ourselves to Him wholeheartedly. We stop telling God, “I’ll give you this area of my life, but you can’t have the other area.”
I mean, think about it. Who among you, when completely in love with someone, has the capacity to withhold some of that love? Could you imagine? “Honey, I love you so much, but I don’t want my love for you to get in the way of my relationship with my ex-girlfriend.”
True love doesn’t allow for that! And God won’t allow for that either. His love manifests itself in so many ways, and one of those ways is His demands. He doesn’t demand that we give anything up, He demands that we love Him. When we do that, and when we learn how powerful His love is, giving things up starts to happen naturally.
Just like in a new relationship. Sure, it’s tough giving up some of the freedoms of single life. But as the relationship progresses, none of those freedoms matter anymore. As your love deepens, you forget what it was like to love being single. All you can think about is your newfound love.