How often we have heard the old adage, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Love is more powerful than hatred. We are often tempted in the heat of an angry moment to try winning a battle with angry words or ugly accusations. Everyone wants to be a winner. To be sure of being a winner we must teach ourselves to be a lover.
Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Some children found a turtle on the road one day. They put it in a sack and took it home to their parents. They were very frustrated with the turtle because he would not put his head out of the shell. When the children reached home with him they took him into the back yard. They placed him in a warm sunny place and in a few moments he put out his head and legs and started walking.
“He likes the warm sunshine,” the children cried. Don’t we all draw up into a shell if we are abused? We like the warm sunshine of love and kindness. So we must show simple, sincere kindness and love to those around us if we are to win them for our friends and for Christ.
The love of God, and our response to it, is the most powerful change-agent in all the world. Each of us, at some point in our lives, are confronted by the love of God. We are brought face-to-face with its reality and power in what He has created and in what He has said to us through His Holy Word–the Bible.
Our response to His love is to be two-fold: we are to receive His love and we are to share His love. We cannot share it until we have received it and we cannot receive it until we put our faith and trust in Him.
When we receive the love of God, He changes us. When we share the love of God with others, He changes them.
We “keep ourselves in the love of God” by receiving and sharing His love. In this, we experience the truth of God’s Word which proclaims: “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8). You and I can never lose when we keep ourselves in the love of God!