Rediscovering the Huge Heart of God – Love Broke Through
Key Bible Verse: God is love. –1 John 4:8
Dig Deeper: 1 John 4: 7-21
In St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin stands the “Door of Reconciliation.”
Back in 1492 this door was all that separated two feuding Irish families as the Butlers of Ormond sought sanctuary from the Fitzgeralds of Kildare. Realizing that the fighting was out of control, Gerald Fitzgerald pleaded with “Black James” Butler to accept a truce. But suspecting treachery, Black James refused to open the door.
In response Gerald proceeded to hack a hole in it and thrust his arm through as a pledge of his goodwill. This daring gesture proved enough. The door was opened and peace was achieved.
It is this type of persistence that runs through the center of God’s love for us as he endlessly works to keep the door of peace and reconciliation open to us.
The Bible never defines God as anything other than love. However else God may have revealed himself, and in whatever way he interacts with the world, everything is to be tempered, interpreted, understood, and seen through the one, primary lens of God’s love. We should never speak of any other attribute of God outside of the context of his love.
—Steve Chalke in The Lost Message of Jesus
My Response: How do I feel about the idea that God is defined by love?
Thought to Apply: God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.—St. Augustine (early church leader, theologian)
Adapted from The Lost Message of Jesus (Zondervan, 2003).
Prayer for the Week: Dear Father, help me to reflect on your love this week so that I might not only rediscover your love for me but also your great love for each and every person on the planet.