“ …[and] that you do so even more and more abundantly …” – Paul
Paul uses that phrase twice in this part of 1 Thess 4. Once in the first verse: more and more, and then again in verse ten: more and more. In both cases he’s referring to abundant love. I’m guessing it’s pretty important and that’s why he repeated it, so I wanted to dig a little deeper, and I found out what he was getting at!
Our love is to be:
- beyond measure
- superabundant in quantity
- superior in quality
But as I was reading the definitions from the Greek, this – this one is the one that jumped out at me:
- enough and to spare
Ok, what is spare – what does it look like? How do we see, enough and to spare?
Good grief, God shows me spare and I sit waiting for some terrific revelation and all I can think of is a Jeep; how super spiritual of me.
What do tires have to do with love?
Hmmmm, just can’t shake the image of a Jeep. But then I realize what’s on the back of the Jeep? … A spare! -and finally … the dots connect!
That spare is so important, it has to be there for when you need it otherwise you’re stuck. We drive on four tires but when trouble comes and a tire change is needed; it’s the spare tire that really counts. The spare tire is pulled out in crisis. When one of the other tires fail, the spare picks up the slack!
It’s easy to let love spill onto nice easy going people; it‘s almost expected – where‘s the crisis when it‘s all good? People that never say or do the wrong thing to you – they never slight, hurt or offend. So if you are surrounded by ’yes’ people you never need that love that is enough and to spare because you’ll never find yourself dealing with conflict.
Marriage is a vehicle to carry you where you need to
Sometimes on this journey we run into crisis and we’re forced to the side of the road. At times it’s in the way of a small tear or a large rip and occasionally it’s an absolute blow-out.
It doesn’t matter the size or how it happened, you’ll still find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Whose got the spare and will set it in place so the journey will continue … who’s got the love … enough and to spare?
Tire failures happen in all relationships, but the most painful blow-outs occur in marriage ~ are you carrying your spare? Or will you just leave the vehicle abandoned on the side of the road.
If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. -Zig Ziglar