Love; The Expression of the Spirit
5th SEPTEMBER 2020
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” [Romans 5:5]
The foundation of life is love. Thus, creation was birthed forth from love, and the salvation of humanity was initiated by love. Unarguably, Christ is L0VE (John 3:16). Love is the very essence of God; it is so potent that whoever encounters it reciprocates it without the aid of human willpower but solely as the expression of the Holy Spirit within a Jesus follower. Since love is divinely orchestrated by God, it is necessary that we obey and conform to His standards in order to thrive in it.
The only way to live a life of love is to surrender our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Again, the invitation to give our lives to Christ is done by the conviction of the Holy Spirit; this tells us how crucial it is to depend on Him to be able to love. Love is the lens by which Heaven values our actions. Learning the way of love is a daily process, and this may mean letting go of what we cherish; societal ideals, material resources and future aspirations among others.
The goal of love is to make the lives of others better in order to bring glory to the Father.
As children of God, we must be intentional about loving others; it goes beyond our emotions. Love does not seek anything in return for a good deed done and the sure goal of love is to make the lives of others better in order to glorify the Father. It is impossible for us to be cruel to one another if we are governed by Love.
Wherever the Holy Spirit is present, it is impossible for love to be absent. The message of the Gospel is simply a message of love. To know that Christ gave His life for our sake remains a motivating factor for sharing His love to others with our very lives, God-given gifts, resources, and time. The Holy Spirit is the facilitator of loving the right way.
Dear Father, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit
Further Reading: Ephesians 3:16–19
Bible In One Year: Matthew [16–19]