“…love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12
Take a moment and think about how God has loved you. As much as you want to stay angry and resentful, or as much as you want to be impatient and give up on people who are trying to do better, remember how God has loved you. Has He stayed angry with you? Has He held on to your past mistakes? Has He been impatient with your growth and development? Has He ever disowned and disinherited you? Has He ever not loved you? The answer to all of these questions is an emphatic, “no”. He has been faithful even when you’ve been faithless.
When you feel empty and incapable of loving others, it’s an indicator that you aren’t receiving God’s love for yourself. Those who struggle with forgiving others, struggle with receiving God’s total forgiveness in their own lives.
The Spirit of the Lord is saying…”As I have loved you Daughter, love each other. As I have forgiven you, forgive each other. As I’ve been patient with you, be patient with each other. As I’ve strengthened you, strengthen each other. As I’ve prayed for you, pray for each other.”
When we see the sun, we expect to see its light and feel its warmth. When we see a believer in whom the Spirit of God dwells, we expect to see God’s light and feel the warmth of His love.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly to my heart about Your love. I am deeply grateful for how You have loved me. I receive Your love and I pray You help me show it to others today. When I feel empty of love, help me remember to come to You and be filled to the overflow. I pray Your love is seen and felt through my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read John 13:34; 1 Corinthians 13)