By Meg Pittman
Recently God has been repeatedly speaking to me about the order in which His love flows. He is the infinite source from which all love comes, and to whom we must always be connected. We must be filled with His love before being able to love.
In my women’s Bible study on Saturday, my leader shared about 3 essential types of relationships. At all times we should have a leader/mentor who is a teacher and authority in our lives as we grow, a Barnabas-type friend who is a spiritual encouragement, and a Timothy-type disciple on whom we pour out God’s love and teaching. We should constantly be receiving, sharing and giving. There is a necessary balance- it is pointless to receive without then giving, and it is impossible to give without first receiving.
I read another bit of truth this morning in Isaiah 50:4 that reinforces the idea of God as the origin of love and teaching:
The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
We usually read this devotional in the morning, and it is just one way in which God is pouring out His love and truth on us each day. It is impossible to truly love or instruct others without first receiving from the Lord. We are empty, dry and foolish without the outpouring of His Spirit in our lives. But, just as Isaiah explains, the Lord wakens, inspires and instructs for a reason. The words and love that the Lord gives aren’t just for our personal benefit, they are to be used in much bigger ways.
Good morning, O Rad Teacher! Thank you for opening my ears to your Word and each day giving me a deeper understanding of your ways. Help me to remain in You, the source of all that is good and true. God I thank you for the relationships you have blessed me with, and I pray that you would use my life to pour out love on the leaders, friends and disciples in my life. Use me to share your Word, use me to encourage the weary, use me to bring others to you. I love you.infinite