The Power of Love
It’s a Monday morning after a stress full weekend, after a stress full week. And so it starts again… but… before he goes out the door, I say, “I love you” he returns, “I love you.” And something happens. It’s like an energy that is unexplainable comes into me and I write my list of gifts faster, they jump into my mind with fervor and the half-blank page I am staring at starts to fill. Why is that?
I think we all know that love can hurt. You may love someone and you are hurting right now because they are hurting in some way and you care. Why would God give us such a beautiful thing that we often struggle with? And today I don’t really have an answer, but I have an energy that does feel better. I feel better because the affirmation of “I love you” caused it.
There is power in love because God is love. It’s the truth. I know it because even if I don’t feel it all the time; the Bible says it in 1 John 4: 16:
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love; and he that abides in love, abides in God, and God in him.” NKJV
Abiding in Him and experiencing His love does not mean that we live a life void of suffering. In fact, because of His love and the tiniest, minute amount of what we can produce as His followers, we will suffer. Because love causes us to care. And if we care, we hurt when others hurt. We stress about things we really have no control over and we reach for comfort; sometimes in all the wrong places.
I have to remember Jesus. How His great love for us, caused Him to care so much for us that He suffered. All He ever did His whole life on this earth was love. And it led Him to suffering. So much more suffering than I can even imagine. Yet there was a joy that He possessed that gave Him the strength He needed to sustain that love and the task of it. The Cross of it.
The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) And since God is love, the joy of Him is our strength. The Bible says that because of that joy, Jesus endured. (Hebrews 12:2) Love and joy. They have to go together or we won’t be able to sustain love through the struggle, through the suffering.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
When the fruit of Spirit is taught in Galatians 5:22-23, love and joy are listed first. This is important to notice because each fruit grows upon the one before it in importance. We can’t even begin to have joy until we know the love of God. This love, when abided in, brings joy, and joy brings peace. When our own hearts are at peace, we can show patience to others. We can then be examples of the kindness and goodness of God. This causes our faith to grow in a spirit of meekness and gives us self-control that we never knew we had.
I don’t even think I was reaching for all this truth this morning. I just said what I knew. To someone I knew it to be true to. And God did the rest. Say what you know today. It may take a little energy, it may cause you to set some things aside so that it can happen, but it will give you more back that you’ve invested. Because there is power in love.