“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” – I Thessalonians 3:12
Paul wrote these words as an exhortation and prayer for the Christians in Thessalonica. “If we are full of God’s love, it will overflow to others. It is not enough merely to be courteous to others; we must actively and persistently show love to them. Our love should be growing continually. If our capacity to love has remained unchanged for some time, ask God to fill us again with His never-ending supply. Then look for opportunities to express His love.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)
In order for our love to increase, we must decrease – our agenda, our ideals, our desires, our “rights” – and allow His love to fill us up, once again. His love is without limits; it is we, who are not willing to receive all that He has to give. When we humble our hearts and are intentional to spend time with Him, (in His word, in worship, in prayer and in wait) He is faithful to fill us to overflowing. As our love grows, it overflows to those who are around us. Our patience and persistence increase, while anger and animosity decrease. The more we are in tune with Him and readily receiving His love, the more often opportunities become obvious where we are meant to choose to love others well.
My grandmother, whom I affectionately call Gram, is one of the greatest human examples of this kind of overflow that I have ever had the pleasure to know personally. She has lived through The Great Depression, WWII, devastations, heartaches, deaths and dismay, great love and great loss, yet through it all, she has chosen love. Everyone who meets her feels safe, known, heard, and loved in her presence. Her heart for people clearly reflects the love and light of the Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father, may Your love in us increase abundantly so that it might overflow to all whom we encounter. Forgive us for failing to receive all that You are ready to give. Heal our hearts so that we will readily receive, and in turn, pour out Your loving kindness to all. Lead us Lord to love like You. May many come to know how deep and how wide is the love You have for each of us, as we invest in our relationship with You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present