And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment…
Focus on Christ
Have you seen an artesian well? It is a spring of water that flows under natural pressure without a need for pumping. There is an artesian well in Texarkana, Arkansas. De Soto drank from it in 1541, and it still flows today. Supposedly, an artesian spring will never run dry.
Christ’s Love reveals new life every day. It does not have to be recycled or filtered because it is a fresh and natural thirst quencher for life itself. Many Christians miss out on this eternal flow of love because they spend little time in building a deeper walk with Christ. He is the source of love. To understand more of His Love requires drinking from the well of Living Water. To drink you have to take in the Word daily. It takes effort to drink.
This love is not some simple emotion that makes you feel good. It is not a physical attraction between two people. This love is abounding in knowledge and discernment. When you have deep spiritual knowledge of the spiritual Ways of God you will know how to love God and others. This love keeps flowing through your life to others as you stay connected to the source of the flow, the Holy Spirit. Christ’s Love gives you spiritual knowledge, spiritual sight, spiritual hearing, and spiritual taste that allows you to see others as He does. This love gives you the right spiritual perception for daily life. You know what to do when God’s Love flows through you because it gives you the right discernment to help you approve what is excellent (see Philippians 1:10). Are you growing more and more in abounding love? You will if you stay connected to the source.
Focus on Self
Self has difficulty loving people and God more than itself because it’s focus is on improving self. Love focuses on God first, then on a proper view of self, and then on others. Self-love is limited, temporary, emotion-based, and calloused. God’s Love is eternal, limitless, selfless, warm, discerning, as well as corrective. Why would you want to know anything but the Love of God?
*Taken from Gifts from God by Kerry Skinner and Alison Veazey. Click here to order your copy!