Abound in love more and more and more

There are 5 things that I want more of with every fiber of my being, 5 things that I am consumed with getting more and more of, 5 things that I have zero contentment in, 5 things that I plead with the Lord to please give me more of. The first is wisdom, I feel so dumb most of the time, and desperately want to think with great wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. The second is the level of real intimacy with the Lord, really knowing Him, walking with Him, sensing His presence, hearing His voice, I am such a novice in this area, and want so much more. The third is the amount of fruit I have born for the Lord that has made a difference in the lives of people, the number that have been born again as a result of my witnessing, the number that have grown as disciples because of my teaching, I have this insatiable desire for more and more impact and influence on others for good. The fourth is more righteousness, more holiness, more Christ like character, it seems at times that I am going backwards instead of growing in becoming like Jesus. I am so thankful that He is merciful. And the fifth is best expressed with these verses, Philippians 1:9 “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more” 1 Thessalonians 3:12 “and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people”. I want, really want to love people more and more. I want all the qualities of love to be manifest in my life all the time with every person that comes into my life. I want to be free from impatience, grumpiness, criticalness, anger, insensitivity, and haughtiness. Beginning with Patty, then moving to my family, and then to those at JBC, and then to every person that comes into my life. I so often say and do things that hurt and offend people, mostly in ignorance but occasionally on purpose. I want, truly with all my heart want to never to treat any person with less honor than I would treat and speak to Jesus with.

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