“May the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love
for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you.”
If You’ve Ever Been Inclined to Hoard Love
Every July we visit the mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado, and every July I saunter its streets in awe of its flower baskets.
Y’all, they are something to behold.
I mean, if these baskets could sing, they’d all be sopranos performing at the Metropolitan Opera. Hashtag divas. They are so extraordinary, so alive, so spilled over with luxury and color and grace, it’s hard not to stare at them slack-jawed.
As I stop to snap a picture of a basket chock-full of pink pansies, blue skullcap, and trailing purple petunias, I glimpse the tiniest picture of how the Savior’s love for us overflows, how it’s impossible to contain in any capacity.
However, I don’t always choose to live from the abundance of Christ’s love. I’ve been known to hoard it, coil it up, and keep it to myself. When I do this, I refuse to let it overflow onto others in my life, and my heart resembles a dried-out, tired-out basket of wilted flowers.
I want to make a different choice, one that springs from all Christ is rather than what I am not.
So when that person wounds me deeply, am I able to respond without vinegar or venom because the Savior’s love prompts me to respond appropriately yet gently?
When my kiddo makes a choice I do not approve of, can I still accept him wholeheartedly out of my Savior’s acceptance of me?
When my spouse forgets (again!) to set the garbage curbside, can I overlook it because my Savior shows grace to me again and again (and again)?
In those everyday choices, I find myself meeting the ability to live out of His overflowing love.
You and I can generously love others — not from ourselves, but from what Christ showers on us day after day after day.
We can say thank you to Jesus, the One who accepted the worst punishment so we could be saved from our worst, sinful selves and receive His best gifts: saving grace and extravagant love.
Let His love take root in your life . . .
and watch slack-jawed as your heart brims over with His love for others.
What does living out of the overflow of Christ’s love look like for you? In other words, tell us about a time you were able to respond to someone in love because of Christ in you rather than because of how you felt at the time.