What is in our hearts is reflected in our behavior. Our own selfishness is “enemy number one.” The resultant of spiritual forces are pushing our world toward hell, because we take care of ourselves primarily. If, therefore, we wish the world to adopt the principles of Jesus, we must help the world to fall in love with him.
The cross is the great symbol of the extent to which Christ will go in his love for us. “No man has greater love than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” God showed his great love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He died for people who did not deserve it and did not appreciate his death. He died to change the hatefulness into lovableness. He did not only for sinners, but for his enemies.
How shall I listen? How shall I hear God’s voice? Jesus said, “He who is willing shall know.” The first condition of knowing is being willing to hear the truth. We must spend more time listening to God. We forget to listen nine-tenths of the time. We suppose if we listen for a few minutes God ought to be prompt and answer us then.
The Jesus kind of love, so intense and so selfless, is what Jesus depends on to save the world. There are three ways to treat enemies that we find advocated in the world today: (1) kill them, (2) get as far away from them as you can, (3) try to make them your friends, (4) Jesus’ way to let them kill you and keep on longing them.
Photography: Stacy Busch