“God has poured out his love into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
God’s great desire is that we should all be a people of love. And because God Himself ‘is love’ the main commandments point us in that direction.
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37)
- “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39)
- “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34)
- “Love your enemies” (Luke 6:35)
Paul goes on and teaches that without love nothing is achieved or of any value in the sight of God.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
The only source of this love is God Himself. He is prepared to share the love that is in Him with us –those whom He has in Christ adopted as His daughters and sons. It comes with and through the Holy Spirit whom He has given us. Note how Paul uses the word ‘poured’ to describe the process – not dribbled or dripped or rationed in any way, but POURED. The sense is of the recipient’s heart being absolutely soaked in the love of God – so much so that it leaks out into every part of their life and being.
John sums it up for us as He again says simply,
“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19)
It is because we have been and are loved by God with this great, free, unmerited, unrestricted and unconditional love that we can begin to love Him and others in a similar way.
Ask for love and give love in faith – for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love
Father please pour Your love into my heart by Your Holy Spirit. Help me to open myself to recognise and receive it and to begin to share it with others even now. Thank You Lord. Amen.