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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32)
Yes, yes, yes, I know I’m supposed to love people...but how?
think we all know that if we are on our way to Jericho and we come
across a beaten man, we’re supposed to load him on our donkey and take
him to the inn, right? Like the good Samaritan.
But life is full
of people and their drama, full of neighbors and friends and strangers
and people we like and people we don’t like so now what?
We’re supposed to love them...but how?
First let me note that love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) So the more we let the living water of the Holy Spirit flow in our lives, the more we will love people, automatically.
the more we quench and grieve the Holy Spirit by our own sin and
selfishness and disobedience and laziness, the less we will love
But I’m getting to a prayer we can pray, and this has really set my heart on fire.
Philippians 1:9 says, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.”
So that’s my prayer. “God, please give me that depth of insight into how to love people, each and every one of them.”
a father of four adult children, all married. I need to love them in
different ways than when they were 5, 7, 9 and 11. What do I say? What
do I give? When do I act? When do I offer my insanely wise advice,
and when do I keep my big mouth shut?
To love them well I need depth of insight!
The homeless man on the corner, or at least he says he’s homeless. See how I am? I need depth of insight!
so I pray, “Lord, please, I love You so much, and to love all these
people You bring into my life, I need to abound more and more in
knowledge and depth of insight.”
God bless you, today.
I’m Doug Apple.