For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17
"Dolly Madison" is more than a company that makes Zingers® and powdered donuts.
Dolley Madison, wife of the fourth president of the United States, remains one of the most popular women in American history.
Wherever she went, Dolley managed to charm and captivate just about everyone. It didn't matter if a person was unknown or famous, rich or poor, man or woman. People liked Dolley.
Once, when she was asked to explain the secret of her power over others, Mrs. Madison seemed surprised. Quickly, she replied, "Power over people? I have no such power. I desire no such power. I merely love everyone."
Not too many of us can say that without hearing other folks break into laughter.
As a Christian, we know the one other Person who did love everyone: the Lord Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, Jesus was not universally loved in return. He was hated by religious leaders, the establishment, and others who were jealous of Him.
Even so, Jesus kept on loving. When one of His best "friends" betrayed Him, He kept loving. When they lied about Him at His trial, He continued to love. Even when they crucified Him, He forgave those who put Him there.
And why did Jesus love so intensely, sacrifice Himself so completely? It had nothing to do with seeking power or fame. Jesus so loved the world that through Him it might be saved. Won't you join with me in loving our Savior, who first loved us?
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Savior, Your love caused You to offer Your life as a sacrifice for my redemption. Because of your glorious resurrection, I am able to believe that all who acknowledge You as Savior will not perish but will have eternal life. In Your Name, I ask that all believe in Your love and in You. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries