The Bible is very clear on the importance of love. I have this phrase on loop in my head daily: Love God. Love people. Isn’t that what we are all commanded? John 15:12 goes even further: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (NIV). Jesus tells his disciples to love like He loves. I cannot even imagine loving like that kind of love. Why? Because it’s difficult for me to love by my own definition of love.
This verse today is referencing the sincerity of love, which we will discuss next. For today, let us simply consider this love we each should display. This verse mentions the inner movement of the heart. This is what others do not see. Only God sees this inner area of your heart. Even you do not always know what’s going on in there without revelation from the Spirit of God. Over the years, as I have sought the Lord’s guidance regarding my own heart, the Spirit has shown me that I am critical, controlling, and at times unkind. Cut me off in traffic and you may see the true inner movement of my heart on display. I continually draw near to God and pray He will transform the inner movement. May my words be pleasing. May my actions be glorifying. May I be patient. May my words be gracious and salt seasoned. May my actions be in love.
Seek out the Lord this day. Ask God to show you how you can love more like Him. Implore the Spirit to chip away at the anger, the lack of patience, the grudges, the selfishness, the brokenness, and anything else that encourages your heart to move without love. As you continue to seek the Holy Spirit, you will become more loving. Your words and deeds will be guided by love. May the inner movement of your heart glorify the Father.
“Let the inner movement of your heart always be to love one another, and never play the role of an actor wearing a mask. Despise evil and embrace everything that is good and virtuous.” – Romans 12:9 [TPT]