Summary: In order to live life out of the overflow of our relationship with God, we must love one another habitually, connect with God daily, and reflect on the depths of God’s love regularly.
Introduction: There was a Christian marriage counselor who was known for bringing restoration to those who were on the verge of divorce. His nick name was “The Love Doctor.” He always had the right scriptures to say and advice to give. What made him so good at his job wasn’t the degree’s he had achieved or the amount of books he read, but simply, his connection with God. Over the years he had cultivated a deep passionate relationship with God. He was always moving towards maturity on his spiritual journey. He knew God’s love and it showed in his ministry towards his family and in his profession.
After a series of events in his life including: having a new baby and not dealing with pressures from his job correctly. He began to lose his passion for God. He put his devotional life on the back burner and it began to show in his family life and ministry. It got to the point where his marriage was on the rocks. So much so that the tables have turned, and now he was in desperate need for marriage counseling or he would be heading for a divorce.
So one day after a huge argument with his wife, he left the house and went for a walk in town. In town, he came across, Mike, a man he helped bring restoration to his marriage a few years back. This man recognized his counselor and walked up to him and struck up a conversation. Before the counselor could say two words, the man confessed his marriage was on the rocks again and asked him for help.
Little did Mike know, but his counselor’s life was also in shambles. The counselor was drained. He did not have anything to give his old patient, because he was living on empty. Since his connection with God was not up to par, he had nothing to offer this man. He could not show love or guidance to any degree. He was not living from the overflow of his relationship with God. This put him in a position that none of us would ever want to be in. Especially, since most of us are pursuing ministerial positions where the depth of our relationship with God will directly reflect the ability we will have to help someone.
Living Life from the Overflow
As Christians, we will either live life from a loving relationship with God that spills over into all our relationships, or we will live on empty and have nothing to offer those around us. In order to live life out of the overflow of our relationship with God, we must love one another habitually, connect with God daily, and reflect on the depths of God’s love regularly. If you would, please turn with me to 1 John 4:7-10. These verses are said to be one of the most beautiful passages in the NT on love. Let’s read together.
1 John 4:7---“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.