What Flows Out of You?

I desire for people to see the love of God flowing in and through me. I hope that when someone looks at my life, he or she will see Jesus and be greatly affected by His love in me. However, in order to be an expression of God’s love, I have to continually accept and allow His love to take over my life; I have to ensure that my love tank is full. When it is, God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will flow out of me. But, if my love tank is empty, or even running low, then the ugly motivations of my heart will show themselves. My life will not be characterized by love, but by bitterness, judgment, anger, fear, jealously, greed, lust, pride or selfishness—to name just a few.

 

What flows out of you?

Do people see God’s love when they look at your life?

Or, do they see a person who is only living for self?

 

Take time to evaluate your life in relation to the biblical definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13. Are you patient and kind? Do you resist the temptation to envy, to boast, to be proud? Do you turn from being rude, self-seeking, and easily angered? Are you tempted to keep record of wrongs? Do you delight in evil or rejoice with the truth? Do you protect, trust, hope and persevere in relationships? Or, do you fail others?

This can be a pretty convicting exercise, but one that is not intended to condemn you or make you feel guilty. Allow it to make you aware of the areas of your life that you are not living in love, areas that God still wishes to refine in you. In addition to this exercise, you may consider asking someone you trust to help you evaluate your life.

Sometimes we are unable to see the areas of our lives that need attention, even when they are obvious to others. Asking someone to help you see areas where you are not demonstrating God’s love requires us to humble ourselves and to prepare ourselves to hear things we may not want to hear. Though this can be difficult, great growth can come from learning to accept hard truths. Allow what you find to motivate you to keep climbing toward God and allow Him to transform you in this area.

Be Love, Give Love

Abby

About the Author

Abby

Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”