“And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).
Christians know something of God’s very nature, because we share some of God’s qualities. Peter writes that we partake of God’s nature (2 Peter 1:4). Of course, we are not “god-like,” and we cannot predict the future or raise the dead. We do, however, know something about God’s love because He poured out His love into our hearts, as the verse above indicates.
When we experience God’s love, we get a foretaste of heaven itself, because heaven is a place of endless love:
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Many functions of this life will disappear in the next world, but love remains. Since God is love (1 John 4:8, 16), love will always remain.
When Dionne Warwick sang, “What the World Needs Now is Love,” she was not too far off the mark. The world does need love, God’s love. Humans, however, cannot “self-generate” this love. It must come from God, and He gives it to those who trust in His Son for salvation. When we experience God’s love, we can love others as God does, though not to the same degree. We can even love people that are unfriendly to us, or even our enemies (Matthew 5:44). When God poured out His love into our hearts, He made us new. And He gave us a new capacity to love others. Knowing this, causes us to rejoice:
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3:1).
Throughout life, the Holy Spirit seeks to strengthen that love in believers. In fact, love heads the list of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Praise the Lord for His marvelous love poured out into our hearts, reminding us of His fatherly care and continual forgiveness.
What have we done with this love? If God loves us, we ought to love others too (1 John 4:11). Have we demonstrated God’s love to others today? Have we shared kind and healing words to stressed out souls in need of a good word? Let’s take God’s love to a hurting world. Since He poured it out abundantly into our hearts, we will never run out.
Posted on Mon, October 31, 2016
by Sam Petitfils