I was thinking about love. We know there are many types of love: God's love, romantic love, kindred love and more. The love that I was chewing on was the love that people have for each other, and looking at today's cultural climate, it is looking like it is dysfunctional, to say the least! But the Bible did warn us about that, didn't it? In the last days, Jesus said the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12) People will be lovers of their own selves, becoming the motivation for everything they do! If things (and people) don't benefit themselves, then out the door they go!
I believe we all know the Bible has so much to say about love. From the very beginning, He gave us His love. For He demonstrated His own love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) And He tells us to love one another as He has loved us. So... why is this hard for some of us to do?
As a born-again Christian, I know that the love I am to give to others is not the love I can manufacture myself. I can not make myself love someone, especially if that person has hurt me. I may think I can, and I can try. But it still falls short of the deep love God calls me to have for others. Let's face it: some people are just difficult to love! But...
Jesus told us to abide in Him, and He will abide in us. Maintaining an intimate, close relationship with Him is vital for our love life. It is only through being filled with the Holy Spirit can we exhibit its fruit: love. We cannot imitate His love without Him loving through us. It is only through Jesus that we can love others the way we are called to do.
So... stop trying to love others on your own strength. And start relying on the Holy Spirit to allow that love to flow out. It will be a much purer, sweeter love that will change the world!