Write this passage down. Single out a few of the repeated words and really re-read them in the context of each sentence.
Jesus came to live in our world, that we might live in his. Simply thinking about “how great light is” does nothing for you if you are surrounded by darkness. Like light, love has a source, and that source is God himself. It is easy in the busyness of our daily lives and holiday expectations to try and train ourselves to “love better”, but we can’t. The need for love in the world is so great, that it can drain the life out of us if we let it. And the answer to the depletion is not just self care or pacing ourselves. It is to reconnect with the source. God has enough love for the massive void in this world, and he can fill that need through us when we abide in him.
This mystery of abiding is one worth investigating.
Do I know what it means to abide in God?
What situations always leave me drained and irritable? Why? Have I been seeking the Spirit to guide me and empower me in those situations?
In what relationships do I feel unloved? What habits of prayer do I need to implement to connect with God and be secure by his great love for me?