In my last few posts about the book of Romans, I’ve been talking about the power of God at work in us. We’ve seen that there’s a process that begins when it’s initiated by our faith in God. It brings us from faith to an experience of God’s glory.
Paul continues this thought.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Paul now brings us to the greatest power in the universe – love. That’s the place the Holy Spirit is bringing us to. His desire for every believer is for us to walk in love.
Love is the spiritual pressure placed upon us to produce change. It was what compelled Christ to minister the way He did.
Actually, I can’t think of any more powerful force in all of life other than love. For the love of God, or another person, we’ll do things that we might never have done under ordinary circumstances. Love is a driving force in many of the things we do.
God’s love that He pours into our hearts is the source of our spiritual power. The same love that drove Christ forward is now placed within us. When we had no power, God saved us by the death and resurrection of Christ. He has plugged us into His power source. The very love that pressures Him can now drive us forward to bless others.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
It’s Christ’s love that should empower everything that we do. We need to take inventory of what drives and motivates us.
Do you feel a pressure that drives you to reach out to the lost? Does love compel you to be a blessing to those around you even when you don’t feel like it? Do you have a compassion for those who are in need? If not, then you haven’t tapped into the love of Christ.
It’s so easy to say, “I love the lost and I want to see them saved.” But if there’s little or no pressure to do something about it, then that’s a sign that there’s little or no manifestation of God’s love. The verdict is simple, no love, no power.
If you want to see this principle in action, just look to the early church in the book of Acts. They felt the pressure of God’s love to the point where they were willing to die, if necessary, to bring salvation to those around them.
In my last post, I talked about our faith being proved as genuine. I believe that walking in the love of God is one of the proofs of a genuine faith.
We don’t talk very much about God’s approval of life and ministry. We seem to think that we can just do what we please and ask God to bless it. After all, we’re doing it for the Lord.
No. On the contrary, it’s God’s standards that we need to aspire to. It’s found again and again in Scripture, if we look for it.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
We must do what it takes to live in intimacy with the Lord. Only in this way will His love increase in our hearts.
Question: How much of the pressure of Christ’s love do you feel within you?
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