For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NKJV)
The newborn babe lay in the animal trough surrounded by smelly critters and awestruck parents. Unknown to the world, the most powerful force on earth rested in that rough crib: the love of God.
We who have been transformed by Jesus’ love know its power. Besides restoring my shipwrecked life, many instances of the power of His love come to mind.
I love attending the National Day of Prayer where Christians gather to worship and pray together. Often protestors—usually atheists—come to display their displeasure. While some Christians are intimidated, I love to engage the protestors with Jesus’ love. One day, I was privileged to pray twice for apparent atheists by showing kindness and interest in them. On another occasion, a protestor became belligerent when I said to her, “God bless you.” When I gently replied with “God loves you,” her anger melted under the kindness of Jesus.
I’ve seen the down-and-out, the lonely and broken-hearted, the comfortable but quietly despairing made new by this love of Heaven.
This love of God in Jesus: the gift we can receive and give away to change our world.
Father, teach us to overcome the fear, hate and anger that confronts us often daily with the love of Jesus—the power to overcome evil with good and change our world. Amen