“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world”— Matthew 5:8 (MSG).
Recently I came across an article titled, “10 Of the Most Unexpectedly Powerful Things in The World.” Scanning the article, I was amazed at the information provided by the author. Some of the most powerful things in the world are related to the animal kingdom.
I experienced one of the most powerful things in the animal kingdom while on a mission trip to Costa Rica several years ago. Watching ants marching in a line across the dry soil, I was astonished to see each one toting a leaf on their backs. Later, I learned they are called leafcutter ants. These ants can lift up to 50 times their body weight, which—according to this article—is the equivalent of a human casually lifting a truck.
I’m convinced, however, that love is the most powerful thing in the world. Not the love of romance novels and movies, but the kind of love that led Jesus to surrender to a bloody death on a wooden cross. It’s called agape love.
What is Agape Love?
In this noisy, broken world with the news of division among families, neighbors, and friends, hatred seems to reign. Social media is filled with rants and threats.
We wring our hands in despair and wonder how we should respond. Should we react in defense of our beliefs or follow the example of our Savior and Lord? Our animal instinct might lead us to throw the next punch, but that’s not what Jesus displayed on the cross or during his three-year ministry.
We’re to rise above the chaos and show agape love, a love that doesn’t say, “What’s in it for me?” Agape love is sacrificial love. It shows action.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round