The Power of Love

Sep 24, 2023 | Sunday Devotional

First John 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not”.

A story told of two boys from Eagle Village in Michigan, who were on a canoe expedition on the Lake Superior when they pulled ashore to make camp. Rossy spotted something floating in the water, so he pushed off in the canoe to retrieve it. Strong winds quickly blew him offshore. The staff recognized his peril and started off in two canoe to rescue him. When Rick saw that his best friend was in danger, he insisted on going along.

The wind tossed all three canoes until finally they capsized. The staff members all made it to shore. But Rick and Rosy were both lost in the depths of Lake Superior. A plaque between the pictures is inscribed: Rick, Who loved enough to give his life for another. Rosy, who was loved enough to have another pay that price.

The story calls to mind “what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us”. He loved us enough to give His Son to die as payment for our sin. And we were loved enough that He willingly make that sacrifice. Our salvation is the best demonstration of the power of love.

Having trusted Christ as our Savior, we should never cease to glory in His sacrifice for us on the cross. What Jesus did for us in His death, burial and resurrection should fill us with gratitude in the morning, give us refuge throughout the day, and be a pillow at night upon which we rest.
A small detachment of British troops, surprised by an overwhelming enemy force, fell back under heavy fire. Their wounded lay in a perilous position. They realized they needed the protection of a Red Cross flag if they wanted to survive. All they had was a piece of white cloth, but no red paint. So they used the blood from their wounds to make a large cross on that cloth. Their attackers respected that grim flag as it was held aloaf, and the British wounded were brought to safety.

Our enemy not only must respect the blood of Christ shed on Calvary’s cross, he is helpless against it. Christ’s blood represents the sacrifice of One whose death removed the guilt and condemnation of our sin and broke its hold over us. It is absolute protection against the accusation of Satan, the defeating reminders of past sins, and the downpull of our Adamic nature. No wonder we glory in the cross.

How I Wish That All Would Know Him, How I Wish That All Could See What A Price He Paid To Save Us When He Went To Calvary. The True Measure Of God’s Love Is That He Loves Without Measure.

Pastor Paul Okonkwo
Independent Baptist Bible Church (IBBC),
New Haven,

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