“This is love, not that we had loved God, but that he had loved us, and sent his Son to be as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NIV)
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. We get so caught up in today’s world about what others are saying, what we hear from the television or what we hear in every day chatting with friends. The world is filled with me-first or if I want this then everyone else should bow down and give me that. Tolerance is the key today to functioning without being lambasted. If you have an opinion that isn’t considered tolerant of everyone and every idea out there, you’re labeled intolerant.
It can be a heavy burden, especially to a writer when he or she is trying to paint a picture of God’s love. But we can go back to this verse and be reminded that what is really important is God’s love. God’s love was presented to us before we even knew He loved us. So really, if we’re focused on God’s love and sharing that love with others, it doesn’t matter how the world changes, what others say, what we see on TV because ultimately, God loves us and sent His Son as an offering for our sins.
You can have absolute peace in life’s turmoil when you think about that. I mean, seriously, God loves you so much that He sent His son. What does it matter if someone comes to you and tells you that you’re intolerant and your book is narrow because it presents God as the only way to life? Does it matter when someone tells you that you aren’t being friendly because you refuse to go to a bar where your work is having a party? You’re being intolerant of others.
In these circumstances you remind yourself of what it all is really about. It’s not about us, but about what God did for us.
And we can smile. I ask you today to consider this and when you feel burdened down by life or by others, remind yourself what God did for you and it’ll help lift that heavy burden from your heart.
Cheryl Wolverton lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with Steve, her husband of over 24 years and her two children. For fun, the
family likes to play cards, roller blade together, walk along the levee of the Mississippi River and especially visit anything that has to do with science, including stargazing. For info about her books,
visit her at www.cherylwolverton.com