FRIDAY, JUNE 5
“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:13 (AMP)
A college boy said to his mother one day, “I decided that I want to be a political science major and that I want to clean up the mess in the world.” “That’s very nice,” said his mother, “YOU CAN GO UPSTAIRS AND START WITH YOUR ROOM.”
As we look at what love does this week, it’s important to start with the room of our own heart. The sermon on Sunday kicked off our series on the fruit of the Spirit. Today’s writing is a simple reminder that love and the other fruit are a result of being in Christ. Philippians 2 reminds us that God is the one who works these things through us. This means we daily can ask God for strength to love people we may not normally love.
God works in us and produces fruit in us for His pleasure. It pleases God when we allow His love to flow through us to others. Think of the people and things in life that bring you pleasure. Now think about the fact that you are on God’s list of things and people who bring Him pleasure. The measure of love that flows through us is a direct result of our love relationship with God. So, if you want to love others more, start with your love relationship with God. Spend some time today thanking God for all the ways He has shown His love for you.