Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
“May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow…” verse 12
This is a prayer Paul had for the people in the church at Thessalonica and it is true for us today as well. There are three parts to this short prayer we need to see. First is this…
We need to love each other
Jesus told the disciples that the world would know they were Jesus followers by their love for one another. There are too many stories and too many examples of churches and church members fighting, bickering, and tearing each other down. We have to understand that we are a body being built together for Jesus. We also have to recognize that we are a group of sinful people striving toward holiness. We need to give grace to one another, even in the midst of disagreements and struggles. When this happens those outside the church will see how we love one another and know something is different in our lives.
The second thing we need to see is this…
We need to love all people
This is a statement most of us would say we both agree with and practice. I don’t know if anyone would say outright they really didn’t love everyone, at least a little bit. However, if we dig a little deeper and really understand what love is then we see that many of us really only love certain people:
– People at our church
– Those who generally love us
Many of us find it hard to love our enemies as Tim talked about in the first week of our Fruits of the Spirit series. Some people find it hard to love the poor and the needy. We may pity them but we don’t really want to love them. Loving someone means getting into their lives, meeting needs, and putting their well-being ahead of yours. I have to admit I don’t always do that with everyone, but I should and you should as well.
The last thing we need to remember is the most important and it is this…
It is the Lord that makes these things possible
Just as Tim taught in that first talk of the Fruits of the Spirit series, even though we can work on our love it is ultimately a natural product of a life that is yielded to the Holy Spirit. Only God can cause this kind of love to grow and overflow in us. So ask God to do this in your life today. Begin today yielding more of yourself to the Holy Spirit and watch Him grow this love up in you.
Posted: Robbie Byrd