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Let Your Love Grow
By Victoria Osteen - Feb 25, 2010
When I think about my family, I feel so blessed. My husband, children, mom, dad, brother, in-laws—I just think they're all amazing. But I don't ever want to let my relationships grow stagnant. I want them to continue to grow and deepen. I want to learn to love them in creative new ways. I want God to show me how my love can grow and mature and strengthen our connections. I want my love to influence them and build them up.

Novelist Katherine Anne Porter once wrote, "Love must be learned, and learned again; there is no end to it." Love should not remain the same year after year; love is supposed to grow. Relationships evolve over time, people change over time, and our love should strengthen and grow over time, too.

The apostle Paul prayed that our love would abound and grow in knowledge and depth of insight. That tells me that I cannot put my love on autopilot. If we put our love on autopilot and trust that the people in our lives will simply "know" that we love them, our relationships will not grow or will not be as fruitful as they were intended to be. That's why it's so important to make every effort to let our love grow stronger each and every day.

Today, I believe God wants to bring you up to new levels in your love, and He wants to use you to influence the people around you. It doesn't matter how others respond, what matters is that you keep on loving. Trust that God will show you how. Trust that He will give you creative ways to love your family and the people in your life. Trust that He will give you the words to say even before you need them. Trust that He will give you the vision to see your family strong and whole, rising to new levels wrapped in His glorious love.

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding (Philippians 1:9, NLT).
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