God’s strength needs to become our strength. But, when do you need that happen?
One of the most common times of seeing your weakness is when you try to love somebody you do not like!
It is hard to do. You can try. You can do good things for people you do not like. By doing good things for people you do not like you may confuse your human ability to act with the empowerment of God’s Spirit and think you are loving them. There is no place in Scripture where God says He will empower you to use your human abilities to love people. That is not what God does. He empowers us with His Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 states, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit….” When you were born again, the Holy Spirit came to live in you. Jesus said, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit–the Father will send Him in My name–will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you” (Jn. 14:26, HCSB). All the resources of God are available to a repentant heart. Paul states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23, NKJV). Not only does God empower us with these wonderful spiritual qualities, but there are also other things with which the Holy Spirit empowers us.
If God has placed His Spirit within you, then the simple but profound truth is that He empowers you with His Spirit of love which enables you to have genuine godly love instead of determined human acting ability to love somebody you do not like. He does not empower us with our human ability to be the best that we can be. He empowers us with His Spirit to respond as He wants us to respond by His power. It is His love for people that enables you to love–not your love for people.
God’s love does not bring up records of wrong. God’s love always hopes and God’s love always perseveres. Born again believers have within them this resident Spirit who empowers them to have God’s love, God’s peace, and God’s joy. Even though these resources of God are always available, why is it that many [Continue Reading]