"But despite all this, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us" (Romans 8:37).
Today I prayed with a beloved friend who is dying of cancer. As he and his precious wife and I held hands, we lifted our voices in praise to God, knowing that He makes no mistakes, that "all things work together for good to those who love Him," and that he is fully aware of my brother's body riddled with pain as a result of cancerous cells that are on a warpath. Together we claimed that victory which comes from an unwavering confidence in Christ's sufficiency.
The victory comes, of course, through Christ who loved us enough to die for us. Such love is beyond our ability to grasp with our minds, but it is not beyond our ability to experience with our hearts. God's love is unconditional and it is constant. Because He is perfect, His love is perfect, too.
The Scriptures tell of a certain lawyer who asked Jesus, "Sir, which is the most important command in the Law of Moses?"
Jesus replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: Love your neighbor as you love yourself."
The question may come to your mind: "Why does God want our love?"
From a human standpoint, this could appear selfish and egotistical. But God, in His sovereignty and love, has so created man that he finds his greatest joy and fulfillment when he loves God with all his heart and soul and mind, and his neighbor as himself.
Early in my Christian life, I was troubled over the command to love God so completely. But now the Holy Spirit has filled my heart with God's love. And as I meditate on the "overwhelming victory" that He gives us, I find my love for Him growing.
Bible Reading: Romans 8:35-39
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: His great love and "overwhelming victory" for me prompts me to respond with supernatural love for Him and for others.