By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”
During a trip to Turkey a few years ago, we had a translator with us who was a wonderful person, a Muslim man who became a friend of mine.
During the trip, I would speak to my fellow travelers on various topics, and later he and I would sit over a cup of coffee and talk about my sermons. He said, “I’ve been noticing that one of the big differences between Islam and Christianity is that in Islam we say God is merciful, but in Christianity you say God is love.” Now, that is a huge and important distinction. With all respect to my friend, there is something exceptionally important about the idea of God being more than merciful, actually truly loving us, and expecting, therefore, that we love other people.
So, God is more than merciful. God simply says that his heart beats for you. We can never really get good at loving others unless we are deeply and spiritually rooted in God’s unfailing love. Unless we are deeply rooted in God’s grace, love, affection, and favor, how can we have the strength to love good people, let alone love our enemies or difficult people?
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am rooting myself in your love, growing deeper roots in that love with each passing day. May I love others in a way that roots them in your unfailing love, as well. Amen.
Reflection: How are you rooted in God’s love? How does that make it easier for you to love others?