As I’ve been reading through Bob Goff’s devotional “Live in Grace, Walk in Love” he touches on something I believe is so important. Again, this falls in line with what I’ve been writing about related to the power of words. I have learned that words in and of themselves don’t mean much unless they are spoken in love! Bob begins by sharing a verse that sets the stage for the point he wants to make.
“A new command I give you: love one another.
As I have loved you so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples
if you love one another.”
This is such a powerful and convicting verse! But then Bob goes on to say this, and I quote:
“If our bodies can be trained to act without our conscious awareness, surely our spirits work the same way: when joy is a habit, love is a reflex!”
I absolutely love that! But then he shows us how:
“How do we make joy a habit in our everyday lives so our reflex is always love for the people around us? I can’t think of a better way than gratitude. When we are intentional about giving thanks for everything we come across, we can’t help but feel pure joy over the pure gift of another day. And when our joy becomes a habit, our love becomes a way of living!”
Oh, how I desire to live like this every day. But I also know I’m still a work in process! However, after reading this from Bob I couldn’t help but think of my wife, Jan who does live like this. She is so thankful for everything and everyone around her. You can see how this has affected the way she loves! It’s so beautiful to watch! And because of her example I’m beginning to catch this way of life as well! My encouragement to all of us is:
Adopt an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness and watch how our words of love overflow!
On the journey with you,