Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another (1 John 4:7-11 KJV).
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The quote in C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters kept drifting through my mind when considering this post on self-control. When I came across the quote in another post, I knew I had my answer. Let’s take a look at the quote.
No longer desiring
Spiritual deserts can leave us dry and empty.
Where else do we go when He is everything?
Every trace of God has vanished
Storms can erase every trace of His hands…for a while. Of course, we know even when we can’t see His hands, we can trust His heart!
Have you ever asked why? I have.
In certain circumstances, the enemy will try to convince us that God has forsaken us.
So what makes a person obey when their life is in shambles, and there seems to be no evidence of God’s hand in their life?
For me it’s Love.
When I think of my relationship with the Lord, I think of marriage. When I fell in love, I had eyes for no other. My heart was pledged to one. In good times or bad times, I know he loves me even when I don’t understand him. Hubby’s love gives me strength.
It’s the same way with our relationship with the Lord. His love gives us the strength to face the hardest circumstances. Our love for Him and the work of the Holy Spirit in us produces self-control in us. We shouldn’t take pleasure in doing things that would displease Him. Just as we shouldn’t take pleasure in doing things that would displease our earthly spouse. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Falling in love makes everything easier.
Storms will come. At times, there’ll be no sign of deliverance. But if we love Him as He loves us, then we will still obey.
Your turn. Tell me what keeps you intending and obeying. Both actions require self-control.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
Love God. Love people. ~ T.D. Jakes
Our outward show of love for God and people enables the world to see what has taken place inward. Let us be ready to share the hope within us.