February is the month of love. How is that going for you? Are you more loving in your interactions? Have your feelings for your spouse, children, parents, and friends increased and resulted in renewed expressions of love?
If we’re honest, most of us are operating like cell phones on low battery mode. The busyness of life and the hassles and heartaches drain us till we feel, well, nothing.
Our cell phones give us a warning. A box appears to let us know the battery is drained. Unless we turn on low battery mode or plug our phones in, they will not be able to function as they should.
We don’t have a little box that appears to let us know our love is turning cold. But if we’re paying attention, we have warning signs too. They start in our minds with inward irritation. Eventually, they make their way out with sighs or eye rolls or grimaces. And if we keep operating as is, we are prone to lose our tempers or lash out with unkind words or actions.
We need to be plugged in daily to the source of love if we have any hope of being loving. And like our cell phones, when life is especially crazy, we may need to plug in more often, throughout the day, if we don’t want our love to fade completely.
Jesus said, “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).
If we aren't plugged into Jesus, the Word, we’ll go into low battery mode and eventually be powerless.
You can find a charger in almost any room in my home, and my family brings chargers with us to plug our phones in if we know we’re going to be gone for an extended amount of time or will be on our phones a lot throughout the day.
For some reason, it’s often easier to plug a phone in than it is to open the Word.
But love is important to God, and not just love in our interactions with each other. We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds (Matthew 22:37).
“All” is convicting. My worship quickly slips into half-hearted mode. My prayers become routine and listlike and not the communication of a child to her loving Father. My mind is the playground of an idolater, cherishing all the wrong things.
Thankfully God’s love is different. God doesn’t have to work at love. God is love. And the only way we can love him and others better is to go to him. He isn’t annoyed by the 100th prayer of the day, and he knows how to love the loveless.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah31:3).
When I am faithful in my Bible reading and prayers, I notice a difference in my demeanor and my ability to weather the storms of life. When I listen to a Christian podcast or sermon, I always walk away with hope, guidance, or encouragement.
Christ is more than happy to work through us. His power and love are ours for the taking. All we have to do is tap into it.
Love is powerful. It reaches behind enemy lines and changes hearts. It motivates people to do what they otherwise wouldn’t. If you want to do powerful things for God and his kingdom, stay plugged in to the source of love.
Amber Albee Swenson is a writer, speaker, and blogger. Her husband and four children keep life exciting and give her lots to write and pray about. Mother, wife, and author are treasured positions, but child of God is her identity.
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