Over the past couple of months we have been examining the logical basis for the Bible being God’s book. I have to believe that by now you have either accepted that the Bible is a book that God wrote, or that at least for now you are not going to. Therefore, I want to move out in a new direction.
Each day God gives me something from his Word during my time of study with him. Some days there are many things that the Holy Spirit speaks to me from His word, from the natural world, from things that people say… well the list can go on forever. What I am going to do for a while is take a break from evidences for God and just show you how He reveals himself to me. Hopefully, along the way you will start trusting that God wants to reveal Himself to you as well.
Today I want you to notice Romans 5:5 where we read…
“…God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit whom He has given to us. “
Wow! What an awesome possibility!
Have you ever had a person in your life that you just didn’t want to be around, let alone like, and certainly not love! Maybe it was someone that intentionally went out of their way to hurt you. Perhaps it was what they said or did. Or perhaps it’s just the way they see the world or their personality. For me it’s the “glass half empty” type of personality. You know the type. Nothing good ever happens! In their mind, everything will eventually go bad and everyone will eventually do them wrong in some way.
Even as a pastor and as someone that has been serving the Lord for many years, this still happens to me at times. Sometimes it’s difficult to be kind to everyone.
Are we even supposed to try? I mean, aren’t there just some people that I don’t have to be kind to?
The answer that I hear coming consistently from the Word and from the Holy Spirit is NO!
I am called to demonstrate the heart of God to every person that God brings into my life. Now before we go on, I don’t always succeed! But how can we ever do it? Romans 5:5! The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit! It’s not my ability to love that I need, its God’s. And God does not expect us to represent him in our own strength but in His. How do we appropriate this love? Through the Holy Spirit making His Word leap off the pages of the Bible into our hearts, through the Holy Spirit saturating our spirits with Himself as we fellowship with Him in times of worship and prayer. These are crucial aspects in the daily routine of a Christian.
Without them we end up acting like ourselves rather than Jesus.
In fact that’s what’s wrong in the world today. Christians act more like themselves than they do Jesus. Find a place right now and ask the Father to place His love in your heart today!