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Overflowing Love

OVERFLOWING LOVE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;

1 Corinthians 13:4a NASB

An overflowing washing machine is never good, but perhaps that is what caused me to listen to the song on the radio. It described God’s love as “overflowing”. It certainly is! I began wondering how it would look if we as believers expressed overflowing love towards others.

Jesus Christ exemplified love like no one else, and Paul gives a detailed description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

All the words which characterize love are action words. Love is an action. It is the act of taking care of someone just as you would take care of yourself. Biblical love is not an emotion. You don’t need warm, fuzzy feelings to express love. It’s in your actions.

Love is patient and kind. These are all fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Therefore, they are divinely produced within us. We don’t need to conjure up mushy feelings. No, we just have to allow the Holy Spirit to have complete reign in our lives as we make the choice to love with patience and kindness.

The Greek word for patience means “to abide under something”. This suggests that there are people who are hard to love. We must patiently bear with them, and we must do it with kindness, never losing our temper.

I don’t know about you, but that type of love doesn’t always spill out from me. I quickly lose my patience with my husband and family. Kindness scurries away when someone steps on my happy. Perhaps they do nothing but cross my path at the wrong time. That is when I must choose to love. Love must leap in before impatience lashes out.

I am a child of God. He has loved me. He has been patient with me. I must die to self so God’s love can flow through me. That is when my love will overflow to others.

Heavenly Father,

You lavish lovingkindness on us with such patience. Help me be more like You. Help me be a shining light for You, rather than losing it and speaking unkindly. Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 1 Cor. 13:4-8.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle with impatience? Remember, love must leap in before impatience lashes out. Take a deep breath, count to 10, and repeat today’s focal verse before you act or speak.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Holy Spirit Guidance

HOLY SPIRIT GUIDANCE

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star

Which they had seen in the East went before them,

Till it came and stood over where the young Child was.

Matt. 2:9 (NKJV)

We are all familiar with the story of the wise men following the star. It led them to the Christ Child. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The star led them exactly where they needed to go.

During the exodus from Egypt, the Israelites were also guided by God through the wilderness. “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.” (Ex. 13:21).

Today, Christians are not guided by a star or a cloud, but the Holy Spirit who lives in each believer. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;” (John 16:13a). When we dwell in the Scriptures and we spend time with God daily in prayer, we are guided by the Holy Spirit. When we neglect these things, the flesh can sneak in. Imagine a glass half filled with water – the flesh. The air in the glass is the Holy Spirit. When we empty ourselves – the water, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a continual filling and we should pray for it every day. “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is…Be filled with the Spirit,” (Eph. 5:17-18). Give thanks today to the Holy Spirit for comfort, help and guidance.

Dear Holy Spirit,

I want to be totally filled and controlled by You. I need Your guidance like the wise men needed directing over 2,000 years ago. Thank You for living in me. Amen!

DIG DEEPER

Read Matt. 2:1-12.

HIKING THE TRAIL

How can you spend more meaningful time in Bible study? Spend time talking with God as you drive to work, school or home.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.