“I’m asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is.” (GOD’s WORD Translation)
When we understand how great God’s love is for us, we can understand how great God’s love is for other people. When love is our foundation it also becomes our motivation. We do things for the right reason and forgive others for not living up to our expectations. We can still love people even when they do not share our beliefs or opinions and genuinely pray for them. We can do all these things when love is our motivation. The power to love is a gift from God. We cannot love people the way we should without God’s strength and power.
The Holy Spirit wants to fill us with inner strength on a daily basis so we can operate in love with all people—even the ones that are not like us.Are you in love? Give yourself a checkup based on these symptoms:
- Being kind to people no longer feels like a chore.
- You stop trying to forgive because you can’t remember the wrong.
- You are not easily offended because you don’t believe offense was intended.
- You are patient and have faith in people because you believe they can change.
- You see people as God sees people—as precious treasure with priceless value.
- You treat people the way you want to be treated.
Easier said than done you might say. But, remember you don’t have to depend on your own ability. We grow in our ability to love by developing a love relationship with God. As we spend time with Him through prayer, worship, fellowship and reading His Word, we learn how much He loves us.
“Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people. Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us.” (GOD’s WORD Translation)