It’s amazing to me what seeing God’s love does to me. Over and over again, He calls me to be more than I am. There are people in the world I should hate but seeing that God’s fully justified in hating me because of my own sin, and He doesn’t, I just can’t.
I had a step dad growing up. (I have had 3) This guy who should have been a father figure to me, said some of the most awful things to me emotionally grinding a ten year old boy into the dirt. I should hate this man with the fiery heat of a thousand suns, but I can’t and I won’t. The love that God showed me by dying on the cross for me shows me there is another way.
This love called me out of my shell as a ten year old to make Jesus my Lord an savior. I have seen this same love give hope to a young man whose whole family taunted and made fun of him for deciding to follow Christ. I have seen God’s love give a young lady hope in the future to stop cutting herself. I have seen marriages healed because people trusted God’s ways and not what they wanted to do.
God calls everyone to him self. But he doesn’t stop there. He calls us to live at a Higher Level. A level that is beyond our ability to do on our own. It’s a life that is only possible with Christ as our heart and guide. Only through Christ can we have peace in the midst of the storm and hope in the darkest of situations.