“9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,”
Grammy Award winner, Tina Turner asked a question we all need to consider when we think about living in the power of the resurrection. Her 1984 hit single asked, “What’s love got to do, got to do with it? What’s love but a sweet old fashioned notion?” Sadly, Tina was asking her questions with a broken heart and broken hearts rarely tell the truth; they simply tell us how we feel in the moment. But, God has a word for us today about love.
Love is the essence of God, and it’s more than just a “second hand emotion”. God shares his love with us, and through his resurrection power we participate in it. The more we learn about God, the closer we grow to Him. The closer we grow to Him, the more we love Him. And, the more we love Him, the more we love his world and everything in it.
St. Paul prayed for the Philippians’ love to “abound still more and more”. He knew if they could grow in love, they would become more Christ like. Living out the love of Christ is what wins the lost and overcomes evil. We all need love – the love of God as well as one another.
Broken hearts hurt. Human love will let us down, but God’s love knows no bounds. Does your heart hurt? If so, let God’s love heal it; it’s not a second hand emotion, it’s THE greatest emotion of all. As you journey through this Easter season, let the love of God well in you richly until it overflows like a river out of bounds. Like a flood, the waters of God’s love will fill every place and cannot be held back.
Remember, Christ is risen…and so are you!
Grace & Peace,
Loving Heavenly Father, I want to know the depth of your love. Heal me through your love such that it may overflow through me to others. Amen. Alleluia!