When You’ve Given All the Love You Can Give

Description

To give the kind of persistent love that God wants you to give, you have to refuel your love tank. How do you refuel your love tank? You start by letting God love you.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT, second edition)

Love can be absolutely exhausting. Don’t let anyone fool you. The kind of love that really makes a difference in this world will zap everything out of you.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like you have any more love to give. Maybe you’re in a people-intensive job, such as teacher, salesman, or server, and you come home and think, “I just can’t face another need, another problem, or another heartache.” So you just shut down.

Or you need to show love to a particular person who is demanding, selfish, and never returns your love. And you just think to yourself, “I’m done. No more.”

While that’s perfectly natural and human, it’s not the standard of love God calls us to in the Bible. The Bible says, “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT, second edition). Love never gives up.

How can you have that kind of persistent love for another person? You get refueled.

When my kids were young, I remember taking the family to a nearby air show. It was so impressive to see how they would hook up a tanker to a jet in flight to refuel. I’ll never forget that.

But can you imagine someone flying a jet and saying, “I don’t need to refuel!” The jet would crash and burn. In a long distance flight, a jet has to refuel.

To give the kind of persistent love that God wants you to give, you have to refuel your love tank. Look around at society, and you’ll see it’s littered with debris from relationships that have crashed and burned because people didn’t refuel their love.

How do you refuel your love tank? You start by letting God love you.

The Bible says, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NIV). When you’re worn out, tired, and can’t imagine showing love to anyone else, remember that God loved you so much that he sent his Son to die for you.

Now that’s real fuel. That’s what keeps you going when you want to quit.

Talk It Over

How does your daily quiet time help you refuel your love tank?

What are some ways you can recharge and refuel throughout your day to help you gain perspective and help you remember God’s love so that you can love others better?

What does it mean to have love that is “always hopeful”?

Special Offer: 40 Days of Love Study Kit

Purchase Series: "40 Days of Love" Complete Audio Series

Please register for a free account to view this content

We hope you have enjoyed the 10 discipleship resources you have read in the last 30 days.
You have exceeded your 10 piece content limit.
Create a free account today to keep fueling your spiritual journey!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple

Related
Love Is Patient - Love is Kind
Jeff Little
God and Nakedness
Dr. R.C. Sproul
The Importance of Repeating Expressions of Your Love
Great Commandment
Relationship Mistakes: Poor Self Care
Dr. Michael Smalley
How to Love Deeply
Gary McSpadden
Follow Us

Want to access more exclusive iDisciple content?

Upgrade to a Giving Membership today!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple