OUR CAPACITY TO LOVE

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Rom.5:3-:5

God would not have us do anything for which he has not made provision in our lives. The command to love the Lord and our neighbour has been declared to be the fulfilment of the law. Jesus said:

‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matt.22:37-40

Walking in love is the core discipline of the Christian life. It is the ultimate representation of the workings of God in our lives. God declared through Apostle John:

Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better. But if a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows that he doesn’t know God—for God is love. 1Jhn.4:7-8

The implication is that it is very important for us to walk in this grace. The good news is: this capacity to love has been deposited in us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit! God has poured His love into our hearts by His Holy Spirit. No wonder that the first component of the fruit of the Spirit is Love:

But the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal.5:22-23

A consistent fellowship with the Holy Spirit is the means to develop our capacity to love. The more time I spend depending on the Holy Spirit for guidance, direction, decision making, reactions and actions, the more I am inspired to love. We must remember that our natural tendencies are to be selfish and it’s only through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that we have the grace to love.

As we fellowship with the Holy Spirit to develop our capacity to love, what eventually happens is that the word of God becomes more our foundation in all that we do. Consistently standing on the foundation of the word of God helps in my capacity to stay in love, irrespective of my circumstances and situations.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom.8:28

Anyone that wants to develop the capacity to love must embrace the practice of forgiveness. Your capacity to love will be tested and tried by the frequent need for you to forgive others because, offences must come.

“Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! Matt.18:7

So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive..” Lk.17:3-4

Lastly, watch out for selfishness in all your dealings and ensure that you guard against it if you are serious about developing the capacity to love.

Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing. Phil.2:3-4

We have what it takes to love, we must commit to these demands of consistent fellowship with the Holy Spirit, feeding your mind with the word of God, be in readiness to forgive and guard against selfishness.

Beloved, you have what it takes to walk in love. It’s in you. Just focus on it and develop it.

You are blessed.

©️Abraham Ekebafe

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