“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.”
Philippians 1:9-11 MSG
Not only love much, but well.
I’ve learned lately, that it’s not just the movements that count, while working out,
But it’s also the emphasis on the muscle used.
This takes focus.
As believer’s, we’re called to Love.
But Paul is challenging us to be even stronger in our love.
This loving well, is to fully engage The Word, and apply His accomplishments.
I’ve He forgave- we can forgive.
If He was patient- we can wait.
If He walked free of offenses- so can we.
This is working out of His Salvation.
This is the Jesus kind of love, not just the feelings of love that come and go.
Love is a decision.
It’s based on Thanksgiving.
If we have been loved by God, then we love others as the byproduct.
Jesus loved us well.
Before any of us ever did any good.
He decided to love and then acted on it.
Is that what I’m doing?
Or do I just throw the word love around because it sounds good?
“Who do ya love….?”
I hear that old rock song in my head right now.
Jesus said it’s easy to love those who love you.
That’s light weight.
But to love the one who persecutes you,
That’s heavy weight stuff!
That takes focus.
We have to fully engage The Love of God for us.
When we do, we see how we should love.
Because of how He loved us.
Not just much, but well.