“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
We started our journey on locating our lost axe head, regaining that cutting edge in the spirit. I prayer that we are pressing into the Lord and there’s a fervency in prayer and in the spirit.
When there’s a fervency in prayer and in the spirit there’s a love that flows.
And this I pray that your love may abound. The word abound conveys the idea of flowing, and overflowing. When the Holy Spirit fills our lives, He gives us a love that flows and a love that overflows. And it is a wonderful thing to live an overflowing life. Because when you live an overflowing life, you don’t have to have a lot of human talent and human ability and you don’t have to depend upon the flesh.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (CSB) states, “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love —but the greatest of these is love.”
Love is the greatest commandment. One day a scribe came to Jesus and asked, Lord tell us what is the greatest commandment? And Jesus said the greatest commandment is this, “and thou should love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind, and all thy strength… (Mark 12:30).” This is the greatest commandment; it is the commandment of love.
Love is the greatest testimony. How are people going to know that we are Christians? Jesus told us in John 13:35; “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.”
When people looked at the early church they saw a love that flowed. And they said “behold how they love one another.” That is how people are going to know that you are a Christian that is the greatest testimony, the testimony of love.
I John 3:14-15 declares; “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
Love is the greatest conformation that we are saved. And the world needs our love today so very much. That is the greatest need in the world today. That is what makes people want to come to this church, they feel the love, they sense the love, they sense something different than what they sense in the world. There is something different here; it is the love of Jesus Christ.
Love is the mark of a spirit filled church, a love that flows.