For those of us who have endured the winter that never ceases to be, spring weather simply cannot come soon enough! Often in the midst of such frigid seasons, a nice warm drink is so refreshing to escape the deep freeze that so ever pervades our layers of clothing. Frequently during such seasons, tweets and status updates via Facebook often originate in Starbucks (or other similar coffee shops) surrounded by endearing companions—a hot drink of one’s choice, smart phone or laptop, and the Bible. As the temporal drink warms the body, fellowship with the invisible Consuming Fire—the Alpha and the Omega—provides a heartwarming experience for one’s enraptured soul.
Abiding in Him is paramount to walking in love. Love stirs the embers of eternity within our hearts—it keeps us from the waywardness of cold, callous hearts. Love is the spiritual “chai tea latte” that so ignites our inner man while in fellowship with the God-man, Christ Jesus. When such divine warmth invades the deep recesses of the human heart, the echo of Emmaus road is heard once again reverberating in time and space, "Were not our hearts BURNING within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32).
It is the burn of heaven that makes all else in life trivial in comparison. God’s love—also known as agape—trumps all. Agape that indwells the human heart through revelation of the Holy Spirit is the much needed antidote to the lambasted nature of lawlessness that causes “people's love [to] grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).
Well, I’m not a coffee drinker (nor a tea drinker for that matter), but I’ll sure take a triple dose of what Paul penned as his last words to the believers in Corinth: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (II Corinthians 13:14).
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