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But God ...
God is love.
He loved us so much He sent Jesus to die for our sins.
I received that free gift of love for myself.
His Holy Spirit lives in me.
As I allow Him to have His way in me, I can't help but love others ...including the unloving.
But when I wander and go my own way, it's hard to truly love.
I get irritated and impatient with others.
I believe the key is to abide in Him.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5 NIV
I watch the orange trees outside.
- They are planted in soil.
- They receive water.
- They receive sun.
- They receive fertilizer.
- Amazing fruit
- Sweet to the taste
- Have my daily quiet time
- Spend time in His Word
- Meditate on the Word
- Quiet myself so I can listen
Then as I go about my day, I'm already filled with His Spirit. His love can overflow from me to others. I listen to that still small voice. I don't miss those Divine appointments in my busyness. I don't do this perfectly by any means as I'm a work in progress. But by His grace ...I want to abide.
How about you? Is it evident to others that you are abiding in Him? Do others see the fruit of love in your life? Are you trying to do good things for God but not abiding?
Blessings and love,