Hey hey hey!
You know that before you can learn from someone, you either have to listen to them, read their books, speak to them or connect with them one way or the other.
For example, I have spent time listening to messages by Fela Durotoye because we share certain principles- love for Nigeria, love for God, love for Nigerian youth.
It’s not so different from how we learn from God. Remember this post on spiritual maturity and how we agreed that to grow spiritually, we must make time for the Word. That’s because The Word is where we get to learn more about God, His character, what He expects of us as believers and how He longs for us to move from carnal Christians to spiritual.
I saw a verse that basically confirmed this truth.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV
I read this in the Good News translation and was even more excited when I saw the Message translation.
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG
Haha. I love how it explains how Christ has loved us and then ends with- LOVE LIKE THAT. But this stood put for me- KEEP COMPANY WITH HIM AND LEARN A LIFE OF LOVE.
This takes us back to the beginning of this post. How do we learn from mentors or even our parents?
Isn’t it by keeping company with them one way or the other?
Kenneth Hagin in his book ‘Growing Up, Spiritually’ says that our prayer lives cannot improve by just spending more time praying, but by spending more time in The Word and in prayer.
Interestingly, he said quality time (say your normal 15-20 minutes daily) with God is awesome, but sometimes, you need to make quantity time available where you soak yourself in the Word.
God is Love. Pure Love. And this is how we learn a life of love. Make it a discipline to spend time with Him and it will grow to become a desire you can’t live without.
Of course, other things are involved when it comes to growing in love.
You must learn to tame your tongue with the help of the Holy Spirit.
You must not only be a hearer but a doer of God’s Word.
You must learn to forgive quickly and thoroughly.
However, in one way or the other- all these things are tied to ‘keeping company with God’ because we learn all of them from Him.
Even when you’re not in your private place with God, cultivate the habit of still keeping company with Him all day.
Keep company with God and learn a life of love. Amen.
Love and light,
P.S: Somehow, the mail for this post didn’t go out last week Friday. Here are my ‘Lessons Learned‘ last week.