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May Love Grow and Overflow

May Love Grow and Overflow

28 November 2009

Scripture:

12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 NIV)

The young Thessalonian church had experienced plenty of persecution and tough times in their short history. Paul wrote to encourage them and strengthen their faith. Here in chapter three, Paul spoke a blessing over them and asked God to make their love grow and overflow – to each other and to everyone else. Paul didn’t say, “May life get easier for you and may all the problems and persecutions go away!” Instead, Paul prayed that they would be so completely filled with God’s love for them that love would flow from them to each other and to those around them.

Jesus prayed that we would love each other as our Father loves us. John wrote that people would know we were followers of Christ by our love for each other. Paul’s letters to Christ-followers challenge and encourage us to love each other. This morning I’ve been wondering if love from God, for God, and for others is the dominant characteristic of my life, the lives of those I serve with, and the life of our church. I asked myself, “Do they know I’m a Christian by my love?” I considered the question, “Is our love increasing and overflowing for each other and for everyone else?”

I want to serve because I love. I want to serve with those I love. I want to serve those I love. I want to love those I serve. Jesus, John, and Paul all said that the growth of our love for God, for each other, and for others is the primary and essential quality we should look for and develop. How do we grow love? How do we measure love? Will you join me in my quest for a life of love that grows and overflows?

Prayer:

Father, I know I have life and hope because you love me. I know that when I receive your amazing unconditional love I begin loving others more and better. I know that love is to be the motive for all I do. I know that when love grows and overflows, most of the rest will take care of itself. How do we do it? How do we measure it? How are we doing? Help me live a life of love that grows and overflows. Amen!

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