A couple of days ago, I wrote a devotion entitled, Help Somebody. I am continuing that theme with today’s devotion. We live in a world where love is hard to come by. We see it in our nation where there is much racial unrest. People turning against each other. Democrats, Republicans and even those not in the political arena are at each other’s throats. To make things worse, this happens even in the family of God. We say that love is stronger than that, but hate does seem to be on the hearts of far too many. Loving others is hard for many people to do. But love is at the heart of God. He has unconditional love for us, and yet, we find it difficult to love others. I could write a book about how love is missing in our world. Oh, we hear all these songs about love. What’s love got to do with it? Love has everything to do with it. We need to have God’s agape love. Not a superficial love or a love looking for something in return. Not a fleshly sexual love but a deep and genuine love that flows from the love of God. The scripture reference is Philippians 1:9.
“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.”
Paul, the humble servant of the Lord writes to his fellow believers expressing deep and genuine thanks for their prayers and concern for him. They have been partners in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. He loves them. Out of his love for them, he prays that their love will be more and more like an overflowing fountain. He prays that they will grow in their understanding of God’s powerful love. He wants them to bring glory and honor to God. Paul knows that cannot happen unless they love each other. He wants the Philippians to reach their full potential and experience God’s glorious miraculous love. That same love that is poured out on them, Paul wants them to pour it out on others. May we who have received God’s love, freely and graciously give that love to others.