– Jack Hyles
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13), so “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). God loved the world so much that He sent and gave His only Son to die for those who would believe (John 3:16-17).
In 1st Corinthians 13:7, the Apostle Paul writes, “Love believes all things,” which means that love gives people the benefit of the doubt. It believes the best in people and does not listen to or repeat gossip. Gossip isn’t loving at all. A friend gives credit to their friend when there is any doubt, because “love believes all things.”
If we are not forgiving others, do we really appreciate the fact that we’ve been forgiven infinitely more than we could ever forgive anyone else? We can’t even compare what we need to forgive others for or what they need to forgive us for, when compared to Jesus having to die for our sins, and Jesus’ death on the cross covered their sins too, whether we accept that or not.
I love how Jack Hyles wrote, “I can’t make you love me, but you can’t keep me from loving you,” and that is so true. I recently befriended an atheist because I treated him with respect and dignity, and even though we disagreed on the existence of God, I was not about to hold that against him. I trust God alone to bring those whom He has chosen to save, but perhaps he might use me as a means to save my new atheist friend. I just don’t know. But, wouldn’t that be awesome? Wouldn’t that glorify God?