August 11, 2017
God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us. Romans 5:5 (NIV)
Perhaps you have seen the Fireproof movie. It’s the story of a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. But the husband commits to take a practical step each day toward rekindling their love.
There are many issues for them to overcome, and one of them is pornography. The computer sits in the corner of the room, and the husband watches the screen late at night on his own. His wife knows what he is doing, and she hates it. The computer is a symbol of one more thing that divides them.
He struggles to overcome his habit, but he keeps going back. Then one day he picks up the computer, takes it outside and destroys it with a baseball bat. When his wife comes home, she finds a card sitting where the computer had been. It says simply, “I love you more.”
The law says, “Don’t do that!” Love says, “I don’t want to do that anymore.” Where does this kind of love come from? “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). God’s love for you will become a wellspring of your love for him, and this love will take you further than any law.
Are you making a proper use of God’s law? Do you know what it is for? To restrain you from evil. To lead you to Christ. To point you to a new life, lived in the power of the Spirit, and compelled by the love of Christ.
How much of your Christian life is compelled by the love of Christ?