14 Jun Abound in Love – 6/14/20
1 Thessalonians 3:12 – “and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you”
Have you ever tried to will yourself to love others more only to get discouraged when you fail? I love this verse because it completely takes the pressure off of our own self-effort to love others (that is ultimately destined to fail anyways) and puts it on the Lord. The Lord is the only One that can increase the love we have for others. Why? Because He is love (1 John 4:8). We must not look to love others or to receive love from others apart from the love of our Heavenly Father. Only His love is complete. Lean into Him.
Lord God, how amazing is Your love! How overwhelming is Your love! How incredibly steadfast is Your love! How generous is Your love! Thank you, God. As it says in 1 John 4, help us to live in love as we live in You, as we abide in You. We love because You first loved us. Thank you for loving us first! We know that it is by Your power and Your cause that we have the capacity to love others well. So, we ask You, help us increase and abound in love for one another. In Jesus name, Amen.