Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) The your here is plural. One of the devil’s primary strategies is to pick off someone who gets isolated from the rest. Imagine going on a safari...
God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us… God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:5, 8
Paul is describing two ways that the love of God is being made known (or manifested). How are they connected? When people believe that God’s love is poured out in his Son, then the Holy Spirit pours out God’s love in their hearts. This is why John says, “We love because [God] first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
Here’s where developing the capacity to love begins. The love of God poured out in Jesus gets poured into you. We love because he first loved us. The more you experience the love of Christ filling your heart, the more you will be able to love others well.
The more you are filled with the love of God, the greater your capacity to be a good friend. The more you are filled with the love of God, the more you will become a good church member who builds up the body of Christ. The more you are filled with the love of Christ, the more you will be able to love well your spouse, your children, your friends, and your co-workers.
This is the great prayer of Paul for Christians: I want you to know the breadth, length, depth, and height of the love of Christ. I want you to know this love that surpasses knowledge. I want you to be filled with all the fullness of God. That is what I am praying for (Eph. 3:14-19).
Would you take some time right now to ask God for this too?