I've been reading the book " You Were Made For Love" by Philip Carlson. From this mornings reading:
" Whenever we encounter His love and goodness, we need to choose to stay connected to it - taking the time to contemplate its meaning, hold it in our hearts, allow ourselves to feel something about it, and remember it...perhaps by describing it in a journal.
Love can't be compelled by the will of another person or created by self-discipline. C. S. Lewis described the human heart as a garden, with love as its fairest flower and 'the will' as a tool to cultivate it. You are the gardener. But can you as a gardener make love grow? "Without life springing from the earth, without rain, light, and heat descending from the sky, he could do nothing... And unless His grace comes down, like the rain and sunshine, we shall use this tool (our will) to very little purpose" The capacity to love is a gift of God and it is best cultivated by the action of His love upon us."
No matter how much we may try to love out of self, it is weak at best, and in vain. Our well of love will forever be on empty if we love only because "we must". Gal 5;22& 23 says: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. The first fruit has to be love, and it's a love that can only come from the Holy Spirit. With out love, God's gift of love in our hearts, our well will always be dry. His love is eternal, it is fuller then anything we have ever tasted or felt. Only when we let the roots of our being sink deep into the riches of His love, allow the rays of the Sonshine to warm our cold heart, and allow His rain to wash over us, can we ever have a love that grows and overflows and pours out of our spirit onto others. Let His love wash over you!