Emptied to Fill Others
- Date: January 21, 2004
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him." (1 John 2:10)
- From Spiritual Life - Spiritual Fruit
He that loves his brother abides in the light. "God is light and in Him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5). How do we get into the light so that we can see ourselves, see God, and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus? We need to pray, fast and spend time in the Word of God, because that's where God reveals Himself--through His Word. But there is something else that is very important many of us miss. We don't realize how important true agape love is. "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him" (1 John 2:10). As we abide in Him and God loves through us, we will constantly pour out His love to those who are in our midst. We will be emptied of self while filling others with the presence of God. That's the love of God! It's a willingness to allow Him to order our steps and to express Himself through us.
Examine your own life to see whether the fruit of the Spirit is evident. The fruit of the Spirit is love. If you don't love your brother, you are not living in the Spirit. Is there any unforgiveness in your heart today towards anybody? Is there jealousy? Is there envy? Is there bitterness? If so, we're not alive in the Spirit. Anything that appears to be spiritual fruit is nothing more than religious hypocrisy, dead men's bones and pharisaical ceremonialism. One of the ways we'll find out if we are walking in the spirit is how we respond to our brothers and sisters.
When we think of forgiveness, many times we relate it to great offenses, such as child abuse, sexual abuse, or abandonment. We can harbor bitterness and hatred. Unforgiveness for a great offense or unforgiveness in a conflict between personalities will both rob the glory of God. One is no greater sin than the other. The evidence of the fruit of the Spirit is the love we have one for another through our ability to forgive--not only to forgive major offenses, but to look beyond the minor irritations and to be patient and kind. Love is the ability to forgive others, to work past others' frailties, to bear the infirmity of the weak, to comfort the feebleminded, and to lift up the hands that are hanging down. This is the heart of Jesus and the real love of God.
To be free to live in the Spirit and produce fruit which glorifies God, you have to let Jesus forgive you. You must believe the love that God has for you and receive His forgiveness before you can give the forgiveness of God.