Friday, August 19, 2011

Do You Want to Love?

Part One

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.      Philippians 1:9-11

Do you want abounding love in your life? Do you want abounding love to spread through your family? Do you want so much love that your life cannot contain it? It is possible! It can become normal!

Prayers may not be guaranteed to come to pass. Often we pray for healing or for a change in the circumstances of our life. We know we need to pray in harmony with God’s will, or the answer from God will be ‘No’. If you have spent time in prayer, you know that even the ‘yes’ answer that we want may come as, ‘Yes, but not yet’.

Is there a way to pray that will always be answered, ‘Yes, right now, all you want’?

Yes there is! To love God and others in the way that He defines ‘love’ is always God’s immediate will. There is never a time that He says, ‘No’, or ‘Not yet’. After a person has been given faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the answer is always, ‘Yes, right now, all you want, until you stop wanting it.’

That is why the Scripture says, “that your love may abound more and more”. It is God’s will that you love. It is always God’s will that your love abound. It is always God’s will that your love abound more and more. What prayer can possibly be offered that is more in keeping with God’s will for you?

However, there is a question that you must answer first, otherwise you could be chasing after the wind.

What does ‘love’ mean to you?

God offers abounding love to you. But you need to know how he uses the word ‘love’, or you have no way of knowing what you are praying about.

Let’s be clear. God is not going to bless you with an abundance of what Americans consider to be ‘love’. God is not going to cause infatuation to abound more and more in your life. He is not going to bless you with more and more sexual intimacies, as if that brings about your purity and blamelessness on the day of Christ.

God is promising to fill your life with the qualities he speaks of in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. God IS love, and he will fill your life with His steadfast love. God is love, and He will make you more and more like Him so that your love may flow into the lives of your family and friends. He will do this every moment of every day. He will answer your prayers for love that abounds more and more. 

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