The Power of Love
When Dr E Stanley Jones preached a sermon on love in India, a church leader told him how a layman, whom he loved and had helped, was making trouble and threatening to split the church. The frustrated clergyman asked Dr Jones what to do because, in this case, love didn’t seem to be working. ‘Increase the dosage!’ retorted Jones.
Our self-centered nature would have us believe that happiness comes when we get what we want and all of our needs are met. Yet, when we do get a better job, or a bigger house, or a bit of fame, we find ourselves empty because these things don’t bring us lasting joy and fulfilment. They actually whet our appetite for more—and around and around it goes.
Peter Gillquist said, ‘Every time we have a chance in any way to flesh out the love of God to others, our joy cycle gets fulfilled all over again.’
St. Francis of Assisi may have expressed it best in his famous prayer: ‘Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.’
‘…God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.’ 1 John 4:16 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
2 Corinthians 4:6-7, 11, 16; 5:6, 14; 10:4; 12:9-10
God has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God & not to us. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh! So we do not lose heart. We are always of good courage! For the love of Christ controls us! For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. He said to me, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness!” therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, & calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong!
Let God’s power be seen in your jar of clay today! Let his love control you! He knows what He is doing! Trust Him today!