He’s informed us of the many wonderful ways love is being demonstrated through your lives by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. -Colossians 1:8
Yesterday I said I was going to spend next year loving more, rather than doing more. It felt good to declare it. I meant every word of it. I, Jen Gilbert, am going to be known for my love. Yes- they will know I’m a Christian by my love, by my love. Then I left the house…
I don’t know about you, but I find it much easier to love others when I am all alone in the comforts of my home. It’s a totally different story once I actually come into contact with people. Sometimes I don’t even have to come into contact with them. They can irritate me by screwing up the parent drop off line, or with an annoying email, or heaven forbid my voicemail message light is on when I get to work.
Cleary, if I am going to truly love others more, I am going to need a little help!
Praise God for today’s verse that assures us that the ability to love others does not come from our own striving and self effort. The ability to love others comes from the Holy Spirit. We are told in John 14:17 that the Holy Spirit leads us in all truth, and that we know him because he lives and dwells within us.
It’s that still small voice that says “don’t say it” when you want to saw something snarky to your husband. It’s that still small voice that says “go tell that woman you love her sweater” even though you don’t even know her. It’s that still small voice that whispers “write her a note of encouragement” even though you haven’t spoken to that person in months.
We are guided daily by that still small voice. Unfortunately, we often ignore it. We just HAVE TO get that little jab into our hubby because really, he “deserves” it. We feel too silly to walk up to a stranger and give them a compliment. We don’t have time to write a note to someone who probably doesn’t want to hear from us anyway.
Sometimes we miss the guidance altogether because we are too lost in our own thoughts. There is no room for guidance when our mind is racing through our next errand, email, and carpool assignment. We are in mental overdrive and their is no space for a new thought.
The Holy Spirit is the least understood part of the Godhead. We understand God the Father because for the most part we have all had a father figure in our lives. We understand Jesus being His son because we are sons and daughters. But who is this Holy Spirit character? How are we supposed to understand and relate to Him?
I know I don’t fully understand Him. Even as I write this I am filled with questions and doubts as to if I am presenting the truth accurately. The internet is no help. I did a little research and there are clearly some that have been led far far astray in their understanding of the three persons of the Godhead!
I will leave it at this- I believe the Holy Spirit lives and dwells within us and guides us in all truth. As much as I believe that I know I don’t fully grasp it. I know this because if I truly understood that God himself, as the Holy Spirit, lives and dwells within me I wouldn’t dare ignore one word of his advice. Yet I do. All the time!
Though I don’t have all the answers, I do know that if I am going to truly love others more I am going to need a little (okay a LOT) of help. I also know that the Holy Spirit empowered the people in Colosse to love at a level that they were famous for. I believe what He did for them, He will do for any of us that truly desire His help.
As you go about your day, remember that it is the little acts of love that often matter the most. We all want to do big things for God. Sometimes those BIG THINGS come in a series of small seemingly insignificant events. They come in compliments, notecards, and tongue biting :).
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your extravagant love for me. I want to show others the love that you have shown me. I thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Empower me through your Spirit to love others in big and small ways each and every day. Give me ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to receive the guidance you give. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and Holy Spirit Empowerment for Us All,