“And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you.”
(1 Thessalonians 3:12–13 HCSB)

As followers of our Lord we are called her to overflow with love for one another and for everyone.  This is not something that comes naturally as anyone who is honest would admit.  We are fundamentally self-centered people and we love naturally those whom it is to our advantage to love, not everyone.

This is why Paul writes: may the Lord cause you to increase.  An increasing and overflowing love for one another and for everyone then, comes from the work of the Lord in our hearts when we become his followers, no doubt through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us.

The point is this: overflowing love comes from the power of the Holy Spirit and not our natural inclinations.

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