“You can believe, and in a sense have a measure of love; but the thing put before us is not just a measure of love it is an abounding love…
Here, then, is the question – to what extent do we know this love of God to us and how do we love God? We are meant to love him with the whole of our being and their is nothing that can make us do so but the love of God shed abroad in our hearts. “We love him, because he first loved us.” You can believe in his love to us, but you feel it in its fullness when you are baptised with the Spirit, and that in turn forces your love to rise up within you to him.
This is New Testament Christianity! New Testament Christianity is not just a formal, polite, correct, and orthodox kind of faith and belief. No! What characterises it is this element of love and passion, this pneumatic element, this life, this vigour, this abandon, this exuberance – and, as I say, it has ever characterised the life of the Church in all periods of revival and reawakening. This is what we must seek – not experiences, not power, not gifts. If he chooses to give them to us, thank God for them and exercise them to his glory, but the safe way of receiving gifts is that you love him and that you know him.
In other words, you put 1 Corinthians 13 in the centre. Concentrate on love and then all these things will fall into their right respective positions”.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Seeking the Baptism With The Spirit, Joy Unspeakable
Hear recordings of his sermons on the matter here: http://www.mljtrust.org/search/?q=seeking+the+baptism