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Love comes from a well that can’t be drained.
Have you ever felt like your “love tank” was empty or almost empty? Have you ever been around people that seem to be a little more “needy” than others? How do you deal with these situations? How you respond in these circumstances shows where your “well” is.
Have you taken a sounding of the depth of your love well? I have. I wasn’t too happy with the results. One way soundings are taken is by using a rope. The rope has a weight on one end and it’s dropped into the water. When the weight touches the bottom, the measurement is marked.
In the past when I’ve taken a sounding of my love tank it’s been pretty shallow. Meaning, that I can’t love many people or I can’t love people that well. That’s no fun. Love is the most fun when it is deep enough to dive in. As many a lifeguard has told me there’s “no diving in the shallow end.” A love that is shallow can be the result of insecurity, selfishness, or fear. When we realize that love will remain shallow until it can be freely given without remorse.
I have a fear of the ocean. I like the ocean, but I like to be able to see the bottom or at least go under and touch without scuba gear. What I have a fear of is the open water, the bottomless water, the deep. I think what freaks me out about it is the unknown.
What’s really out there?
How far is too far?
What could happen if I went to far?
How can I stay safe while I’m out this deep?
Now, ask these same questions of love. These are all valid questions in the context of love. Swimming in the open water of love there is no safety. And that’s a good thing! The love that I’m talking about is the love of God. The love of God comes to us, fills us, then flows out of us to others.
When we draw from the well of love, we have two options: ours or God’s. Always choose God’s! His love is limitless and always flowing.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:7-11, ESV