God desires our openness and willingness of heart so that the Holy Spirit may dwell within each of us. When we welcome in the Holy Spirit, we welcome in Christ. When we are willing to live with Jesus Christ in our hearts, we begin to understand just how wide, long, deep, and high God’s love is for each of us. With the understanding we begin to be rooted in that love; it becomes the core of who we are.
As communities of faith or congregations, this deep abiding love is what unites us. The love of God draws us to one another in loving, caring relationships. This love and sense of Christ dwelling in and among us begins to drive what we do as a people of faith. This vast love of God takes the lead on how we love one another and how we love our neighbors.
God by nature and Jesus in example were all about being full of love. When our cup is full of this love we are best able to extend and share His love with those in need of that love. As our cup is filled by God, we begin to experience a life lived in His presence.
This love leads us to serve others, to care for others, and to minister to others. We no longer seek to be in control or to hold onto power. Instead we seek to empower others to live lives of faith and to claim this wide, long, deep, high love that God offers for themselves. This love becomes contagious. May we be contagious today.
Scripture reference: Ephesians 3: 14-19