“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you continue to grow in knowledge and understanding.” (Philippians 1:9)
With the New Year on the horizon, it’s a good time for us to think about resolutions, the possibilities for change, and begin to reflect on how we can be more loving and love others more deeply ….
Sometimes it can be difficult to show love to everyone because there are difficult people in the world. And loving can be difficult, especially to be exceptionally loving towards those who have wounded us or caused pain in our lives. It does require wisdom and discernment at times. Yet, it is in these times that we can seek the power of the Holy Ghost to enable us to love everyone unconditionally just as we are loved by Christ …..
Our love is expressed beyond mere words and is revealed by our actions. John wrote: “but if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:17-18).
The love of God is actively engaged in the hearts of His children. We are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to love and minister to one another and to those still in the world. When we love instead of returning anger or hate, it is then that we are most like our Lord. So how can we love more deeply in this New Year to come?
We can love more deeply by asking the Lord to make our hearts more sensitive to the needs of others. (1 John 3:17).
We can love more deeply by seeking the power of God to love those who hate us. (Luke 6:27).
We can love more deeply by giving our very best in gifts and offerings for the kingdom of God. (2 Corinthians 9:7).
We can love more deeply by showing mercy to those who don’t deserve it. (Luke 10:37).
We can love more deeply by always being mindful to bless those and pray for those that persecute us, lie on us, gossip about us, and say all manner of things against us. (Matthew 5:11-12, 43).
We can love more deeply by humbly submitting to those who are our leaders and in authority over us. (Hebrews 13:17).
We can love more deeply using our spiritual gifts and natural talents to edify the church. (Ephesians 4:11-13).
And finally, we can love deeper by resisting gossip and instead speak only words of encouragment that will uplift and edify instead of tear down. (Ephesians 4:29).
Let us pray ~
Father God, I desire to be more loving in the months to come. You know my heart and You know sometimes I fall short of my desires and Your will for me. I need You and I am asking for Your help and the help of Your indwelling Holy Ghost to empower and enable me to become more patient, more tolerable, more forgiving, and above all more like You; more loving. I give You thanks for this past year, both good and bad, and all of the lessons that You gave me to learn and grow through. I give you all praise and glory and thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen ….