The anointing which ye have received—1 John 2:27
Have you ever connected the love of God to the anointing of the Holy Spirit? Jonathan Edwards taught that the Holy Spirit is the manifestation of God’s love displayed in a person. Just as Jesus is the Word of God, the Holy Spirit is the love of God. If that is true, being filled continuously with the Holy Spirit will take us into this deeper life, the life of God’s love. First, He draws us in by the love of God. We are struck by the love of the Savior, we accept Him and yield to Him. Next, we find ourselves drinking in His great love, the continuous fillings of the Holy Spirit. This love begins to effect every part of our lives. Being loved by God changes us, we begin to take on more and more of His nature. Then, we see this amazing transformation. We love people!!! We actually love to share God’s love with others. We can’t wait to share this goodness that has changed everything for us. Praying and ministering to others not only effects their lives, it actually deepens His effect on us. Here is how A. B. Simpson describes it.
“Divine anointing is the secret of the deeper life, but that ye [may be] rooted and grounded in love is the substance and sweetness of it. The fullness of the divine love in the heart will make everything easy. It is very easy to trust those whom we love, and the more we realize their love the more we will trust them for it. This love is the source of healing. The tide of love flowing through our bodies will strangely strengthen our very frame and the spring of youth and freshness in our physical being. The secret of love is very simple. It is to take the heart of Jesus for our love and claim His love for every need of life, whether it be toward God or toward others. It is very satisfying to think of other persons in this way. “I will take the heart of Jesus toward them, to let me love them as He loves them.” Then we can love even the unworthy in some measure, if we see them in the light of His love-as they shall be and not as they now are, unworthy of our love.”
What a great life we have been given!!! Launching out into this deeper life not only satisfies us, it touches and heals our broken world.