|Today’s Scripture: A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35|
|Miles O’Brien, award-winning journalist and former CNN correspondent and anchor, knows what it is to lose hope and find love. While stacking camera gear on a reporting trip in the Philippines, a piece shifted and landed on his arm. Although badly bruised and in pain, Miles kept functioning as usual until the pain worsened to the point that he admitted himself to the hospital.
Before he knew it, he was missing an arm. Due to a severe medical condition that had developed, the doctor was left with no choice but to amputate. Within the course of a few days, Miles’ life had changed forever. Countless people rallied around him; even complete strangers expressed their love and support. When asked about how the tragedy had affected his life, the tough reporter shared a poignant response: “If I had to trade it-that arm for the knowledge and the love that I feel? I’ll go with love. Love trumps.”
Miles understood that it was worth it to lose what seemed like everything to find love instead. The world searches vainly for love because everyone needs it-not just any love, but God’s love. God demonstrated his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) We should be busy showing this love to those who don’t know Him. The greatest expression of love you can show to someone is to share the gospel with them. Any other form of love that you show to a lost person is temporary. In order to reach the world, we must first show people we truly care about them without having a motive. Through this action, we will inspire the hopeless to have eternal hope in a loving Savior Who gave His life for us.
The only thing you can bring to heaven is a friend. Your neighbor may have cancer and because of what he or she is suffering, can feel that the Bible is not true, and God is not love. Your co-worker may have so much hurtful baggage that they cannot fathom God would love them. The only thing that can trump the pain is you showing them a supernatural love only God can give. They may be hard to talk to, or be harsh and hurtful, but give them the gospel. You may be the only one to show them that in every circumstance and for all eternity, God’s love trumps.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.