June 16, 2020
It's easy to feel as though you give your love and give your love, but you're not getting love back. I'm sure that's how the woman whom Jesus met at the well in Samaria had felt for her entire adult life. She had had five husbands, and the man she then had was not her husband. It's interesting what Jesus said to her about the water she had come to draw from the well: "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:13–14). Jesus was saying, "What you have will not last. You will thirst for love again and again and never quench that thirst. I have a flow of living water that will fill you with love, and you won't find it anywhere else."
In reality, the only way we can walk in love is to first allow the love of God into our lives. We may try to love, but we don't have the capacity to love on our own. It's like trying to pour out water from an empty glass. The reason I can say this is found in Jesus' answer to the Pharisees' question: "What's the greatest commandment in the law of Moses?" Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37). The Pharisees thought that if they could keep this law, they would be right with God. But Jesus was saying, "You can't keep the law. You need a Savior, which is why I'm here—to make it possible to keep a continual flow of love coming into your life." The Lord Jesus Christ is the only source of love that never runs dry. The Bible says, "God is love." When you come to Him, you're coming to divine love. When you receive His love, your capacity to love will be full.
If you want to love well, it is all sourced from God. That's why we need to let God transform us. We need to let that foundation of love to be built into our lives so there is a well of continuous love that can flow out of us. His love isn't dependent upon how others respond to us, but is only dependent upon our connection to the One who is love. We aren't superficial in our love because His love runs deep. Every day we fill our lives with the living love that enables us to love the people around us, even when love is not being returned to us.
We love because He first loved us!