All You Need Is…

All You Need Is…

I write and speak about my journey from bitterness to joy and abundant life, and encourage others that they too can break free from these sinful habits. One step in that process is to replace the bitterness with love. The people we were harboring bitterness against now become objects of our love.

How is this even possible? It’s one thing to forgive people who have hurt or wronged us, but now to show them love? It’s easy to find ourselves discouraged and believe it to be impossible.

So, what’s the answer to this dilemma?

It’s found in I John and the iPhone 🙂

My iPhone is truly amazing, when you think about it. It has a still camera and a video camera, an address book and an answering machine. It contains a dictionary, multiple versions of the Bible, and shows me the weather report in whatever city I choose. I can get directions via GPS, pay for my coffee, keep track of my finances and play games. It has a calendar, a music library, and a stopwatch. I can search the internet and can text, email and post to social media.

And the real kicker? I can even make a phone call!

But this remarkable mini-computer is worthless if the battery is dead and I don’t have a charger. All of the wonderful things it can do for me will not work if it has no power.

I John 4:7a says:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

God is the source of love. It says twice in I John 4 that God is love. It’s His essence, who He is. Just as you and I are human beings and nothing can change that fact; it’s the substance of who we are, God is love. It’s His nature, His very being. He is love.

Therefore, if we are connected – if our power cord is plugged in or our battery is charged – we will have access to that love. We will be channels of His love, flowing through us.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.  John 15:4

Children emulate their parents and are often little carbon copies of their mom or dad. They copy their mannerisms; their way of walking, talking and reacting. We are beloved children of the King of the universe! Ephesians 5:1-2 says:

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ himself loved us and gave himself up for us…

“Walk in the way of love” implies a pattern, a habit, a lifestyle. It’s a journey, not a one-time destination and does take time. We don’t necessarily snap our fingers and arrive at love. We all have had experiences of dealing with difficult, unloveable people. Sometimes it’s excruciatingly difficult.

But we are promised power and strength through the Spirit (Ephesians 3:16) and that He will accomplish immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine when His power is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20). The key is to rely on His strength, His power, His love and stay connected; abiding in Christ.

I don’t know about you, but this is a great relief for me. I don’t have to worry about conjuring up love, about being loving when I don’t feel like I can. It’s not through our own wishing and striving that this is accomplished. We have power through the Holy Spirit; our very own phone/heart charger!

 

 

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Linda Graf About Linda Graf

Linda Graf is the author of  Bitter Truth: My Story of Bitterness, Grace and Repentance. She wrote the book after the Lord freed her for a lifestyle of bitterness and anger. She is a musician, a mentor and mother. Being an author was never one of her aspirations, but during her journey from bitterness to joy in Christ, she was compelled to write about it. Check out her website where she blogs regularly.

Comments

  1. Thank you. I need to constantly be reminded that it’s Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God at work in me. I don’t have to succeed alone.

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  2. Amen, Linda! We need daily reminders.

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