“For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 1 John 3:11.
Obviously, John didn’t have to spend time with the folks I have to spend time with!
Isn’t that what we think?
People say/so things that rile us up. We “know” they’re wrong, but they haven’t come to their senses yet!
Whoa. Stop. I’ve always known how I was supposed to treat them, states today’s verse; I’m to love them.
If I try to love someone in my own strength I am setting myself up, at some point, to be disappointed. Granted, there are folks who are easy to love. Why? They don’t do things you dislike. Anyone could/would love them. It’s the “others” that cause the trouble.
How then, do I love them? Most important point: I must be filled with the Holy Spirit. In my own strength, I can only cover the lovable. In His strength I can cover everyone.
His Love must fill my life. I must start the day filled with Him and I must make sure that I stay filled the rest of the day.
I’ll know if I’m losing ground by how I behave. The first sign of “grouchy” shows what has happened; I’ve unfilled myself of Him.
Conclusion: Being filled with Him and loving others go together.