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Growing in Love-1 Thessalonians 3:12
« on: Sun Aug 05, 2018 - 10:24:43 »
Growing in Love-1 Thessalonians 3:12

We as Christians, want to grow in love, and be able to love not only our friends, and family, but to love even our enemies, as we are commanded.

But if we look carefully at this verse in 1 Thessalonians 3:12, we can see plainly that it is God who makes us love other people, and it is not just us loving them. The Bible says the love of God, is in our hearts. His love in us enables us to love others, and not just our own effort.

In fact this verse says that God can make our love for other to increase, and overflow. That is growing in love. That is how we grow in love. We have to grow in faith, in his grace, in love, and many other areas of our Christian life.

And it is the Holy Spirit in us, who makes us grow in love, faith or any other area. It is not by our own decision or will only! We can not make ourselves grow in the love for others. It is God in us, who does that.

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Growing in Love-1 Thessalonians 3:12
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Offline geronimo

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Re: Growing in Love-1 Thessalonians 3:12
« Reply #1 on: Thu Aug 09, 2018 - 16:45:27 »
+1 DGA.

 I've heard it put this was also. Just as our righteousness isn't produced by us, but by Jesus. The love we have, is produced by God (God is love) and not by us. He gives us ample supply for all we want, then some.  So we have an endless supply, and there is no reason not to use it.
 In that case, we don't have to "dole" it out to those who we think are most worthy, but to everyone, and we don't have to skimp on the amount.
 Thanks for that post.
 Continued blessings.