Exercise Yourself in God’s Love
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5).
As indicated above, the love of God is already in your spirit, but you still have to exercise yourself in it. There’s no law or culture against love, as everyone wants to be loved; including the hardened criminal. But to receive love, you must show love. Motivated by His love for humanity, God gave His Son for our sakes (John 3:16). In the same vein, love must be the motivation for everything you do.
You can’t impact your world for Jesus or do anything of significance for Him without love. Except you’re driven by the love of God you’ll not be effective in leading others to Christ. Read the inspiring words of the Apostle in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15: “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
The love of God will motivate you to preach the Gospel anywhere you are, and to anyone, irrespective of their status. Acts 8:28-39 tells us how the love of God constrained Philip to preach the Gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch. Thank God he did; for who knows, perhaps how much longer it would have taken the Gospel to get to Africa. Love will make you go the farthest mile and give your best and your all for others to receive the Gospel.
Recall what we read in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; you’re not supposed to live unto yourself anymore, but unto Christ. His love should compel you to do the needful for the spread of the Gospel. Refuse to be quiet about your faith. The reason some Christians live and work amidst unbelievers with no desire to see them won to Christ is that they’ve not exercised themselves in God’s love. Be zealous for the Gospel; let your ultimate passion and burning desire be for the Gospel to spread to the regions beyond.
The love of God is overflowing through me to my world today; being deeply rooted in and securely founded on His love, I fearlessly and confidently make the Gospel known everywhere I am because necessity is laid upon me to preach the love of Christ.
Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 3:16-17
1 Year Bible reading plan: John 8:31–47; 1 Kings 22
2 Year Bible reading plan: 1 Corinthians 11:1-11; Proverbs 14