. . . It was obvious the officer meant what he had said.
Then, finally, one man stepped forward. The officer put away his gun, picked up a shovel, and beat the man to death. When it was over, the survivors picked up the bloody corpse and carried it with them to the second tool check. This time, no shovel was missing. Indeed, there had been a miscount at the first check point.
The word spread like wildfire through the whole camp. An innocent man had been willing to die to save the others! . . . The incident had a profound effect. . . The men began to treat each other like brothers. When the victorious Allies swept in, the survivors, human skeletons, lined up in front of their captors (and instead of attacking their captors) insisted: "No more hatred. No more killing. Now what we need is forgiveness."
Sacrificial love has transforming power.
John Piper puts it this way, "Unconditional Love is the source and the foundation of the human transformation. If God did not love us, he would not penetrate our unattractive lives, bring us to faith, unite us with Christ, give us His Spirit, and make us progressively live Jesus."
Our ability to reflect God's love to those around us is directly related to how much we know - really know - how much He loves us!
"The love of God is immeasurable, unmistakable, and unending!" ~ Billy Graham
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. ~ Romans 8:38
Knowing and Growing Together in the Power of His Love...