When people say yes it is possible, they might be sincere in thinking they can love God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. But I think that if we are honest with ourselves, we will acknowledge that we are incapable of loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. Some people may say, “Well, I try my best to love God.” But the law is inflexible – either we obey the law fully or we fail to obey totally. If the law makes room for our weaknesses, the law cannot remain holy, just and good.
The purpose of the law is to show us that we cannot make ourselves right with God by dos and don’ts, and that we need to see our true identity in the Person of Jesus Christ who is our perfect representative. We cannot do anything to make ourselves righteous and holy – we can only realise and awaken to the truth that we are already righteous and holy.
This is because we are already made in God’s image, and Jesus came to save us from this ignorance of this truth so that we can be free from the religious lies that we are alienated from God and free from guilt, shame and condemnation. We can instead bask in the warm embrace of God’s everlasting love. Only when we personally experience God’s love for ourselves can we love others with His agape love out of an overflow, which is a spontaneous fruit and doesn’t come by our human self-efforts or willpower.
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)