About four years ago, I sat in my small women’s group and received a personal prophetic word. (For any skeptics out there, let me assure you it’s not weird or frightening with clouds twirling above your head or anything! New Testament prophecy is all about building up, encouraging and consoling people with your words…check out 1 Corinthians 14:3!)
The lovely lady who spoke to me was describing a gift she perceived I had and, with great care and gentleness, she said that that gift needed to be covered in love…I needed to basically get a Masters degree in love so that God could most fully work through my life and transform others.
And…by the way…the beautiful woman speaking to me was our very own Jan Greenwood. (Thanks again, Jan!)
Jan knows quite a lot about living a life rooted in love, but I also very much relate to her initial frustration in hearing about living a life of love and the fruit of the Spirit instead of placing that focus on power. With power, we could do really BIG things, right?
I love how Jan described living a life that is full of the fruit of the Spirit: “It creates an atmosphere where there is potential for God to move in power.”
Ah! Not MY power, but HIS! His power to move and become more in an atmosphere that is surrendered to Him…one that puts more emphasis on the fruit rather than the power.
“If I focus more on God’s power than on the fruit of the Spirit, I end up traveling in circles, missing the access ramp to the destination I’ve been dreaming about. But when I let go of my need to be the deliverer of power, I become a highway of love upon which God’s presence and power can move.” -Women at War
Let’s take a look at a few questions from the end of chapter 9. We want to hear your thoughts! Your voice matters and we’d love you to join the conversation!
1) Define “love” in your own terms.
2) 1 John 4:16 says, “God is love”. How does that statement make you feel?
3) Read your earlier definition of “love” and compare it to the passage from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. How do the two match up?
I encourage you to take some time thinking through the other questions at the end of this chapter as well. See what God has to show you about what He wants to do in YOUR life!