Come exercise with me. Place your hands together in front of your chest, palms inward. Now slowly move them forward, open, and away from your body. Now say, “OVERFLOW.” Let’s do it again. Great job! Thanks for helping me.
That might be my only physical exercise for today. LOL
I’ve found that the amount of my overflow is directly related to the quality of the relationship that I have with our Heavenly Father. It is proportionate to the amount of time that I spend in His presence, studying and meditating on His Word, and becoming aware of Him working in my own life. It’s the same for you.
I’ve learned that in order for me to be a vessel of love, I need to get to know God, who is love. Just as it has taken time to develop a close relationship with my best friends, getting to know Christ has also taken time. For me, it’s been well worth the investment. Whenever I spend time in his presence, I fall more in love with Him and find myself loving me… then loving others more.
Time for our exercise. Ready? Big breath this time…
~~~~~~~ Overflow ~~~~~~~
How can I be so sure this will happen for you as well?
How can you not love kindness, patience, gentleness, meekness, joy, peace, and self-control?
How can you not be positively affected by God’s justice, faithfulness, security, His power, His holiness, and all that He is?
Like writers, Blackaby and King, taught me in their book, “Knowing and Experiencing the Will of God,” the great thing about having a relationship with Almighty God is that the more you love Him, the more you will trust Him.
You will trust that God’s Love is always right, that He always knows what is best, and that He wants only His best for you.
Once you understand just how much He really does love you, not only will you want to obey Him, but you will get excited about joining Him in His work of loving others. And this is what?
You’ve got it!
~~~~~~~ Overflow ~~~~~~~
Today is a fabulous day to fall deeper in love with Jesus. Romans 12:1 tells us an important way to display our love is to use our lives daily to worship Him. In other words, I focus on Christ and all that He has done for me. Then I try to use everything that I do, think, and say as opportunities to please our Heavenly Father.
If I am studying, I try to do my best, because this delights Him. When I’m straightening up around the house, I want to do it with an attitude of gratitude. I also want to let Him know that I realize that all I have is actually His and He placed me in charge, as caretaker. I want to let every thought I think and every conversation I hold be loving and kind. That’s right!
~~~~~~~ Overflow ~~~~~~~
For me it is a practical, simple, and effective way to demonstrate my love for Christ.
In the final analysis, it’s a heart matter, really. What’s in my heart will overflow into my life. If I want peace and joy to overflow into my relationships on my job, in my home, and wherever I go, I need God’s love and Word to spread throughout my heart. It has living power to impact my thinking, my beliefs, and my emotions.
Let His love overflow into your heart and your love overflow into all that you do today.
This is one way to etj3!
Until next time,
May God continue to bless you.
I’ve packed a lunch to take with you on the journey. Here you go!
Romans 5:8 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 13:9 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13 It begins like this: “If I speak in the tonguesof men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Galatians 5:22, 23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Ephesians 3:17-19 “…17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Question for today – What have you done to to fall deeper in love with Jesus Christ this week?
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This post has been updated and republished from the archives. Please come back to visit. You don’t want to miss Love Overflow – Part 2!