@Tom_Price Thank you for the reply.
I think I see the truth of what you are saying in my own experience - that if we comprehend God’s love it moves us to love God (1 John) which then moves us to obey Him (John).
What do you make of passages like the following from 2 Peter 1? I think when Peter says that people who do not pursue these things have ‘forgotten the cleansing from their past sins’ that is kind of what you are getting at? However, Peter does seem pretty serious about being serious about God.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.