Posted: 04 Dec 2016 05:00 PM PST
When you want a cool refreshing drink of water you go to the tap, turn it on and fill up your glass. Or you go to the fridge, take out some fruit juice and pour it into your glass. You pour something into nothing and you have something.
That’s exactly what it’s like with Father’s love. Romans 5:5 says: “God pours his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit”. God, the Father, pours the substance of his love into your heart. He pours something into nothing.
To fully understand this we need to remind ourselves of the nature and character of God. John writes and emphasises clearly in his first letter that God is love. Those three words sum up the nature and personality of God and tell us what he is really like. He is love. Everything about him is love, everything he does is from love and for love. His thoughts and actions for us all come from this heart of perfect and complete love. Everything about him is love, because he is love.
So when Paul writes that God pours his love into our hearts he is saying that the very nature and reality of who God is becomes a part of us. The substance of God’s personality is poured into our hearts. God’s own spirit becomes a part of our own spirit.
When you have an empty jug you pour nothing into nothing and you have …… nothing. When you have a full jug you pour something into nothing and you end up with something.
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(An extract from chapter 10)
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