Love is our greatest opportunity. If we want to see people change, if we want to influence their futures, we’re to love them profoundly. ~Andy Stanley
As followers of Christ, we have a responsibility to love as He has first loved us. I have two dear friends who share the same favorite bible passage:
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38,39 ESVHe loved us first. And what an amazing love He has for us. Nothing I do can separate me from His love because I am in Christ Jesus. His love is in me. Even when I don't feel it. Even when I seem unable to live it. Even when I am unfaithful, this promise remains. Nothing can separate me from His love. I understand why my dear friends both claim this passage as their favorite. What comfort! What reassurance! What responsibility we then have, as His followers, to demonstrate His love to others.
Although this reality of the love of God is often difficult for me to grasp, I can understand it more clearly when I look into the eyes of a child.