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Love, the most Powerful Word

by Bobby Joe Eaton, Baptist Health Corbin Chaplain

I heard a story several years ago about Karl Barth, the great German theologian who had come to visit in America. Reporters were interviewing him and one of them said to him, “Dr. Barth, would you please tell us the most overwhelming thought ever to grip your mind?” Tears filled the great theologian’s eyes and he said, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” There is no thought ever to grip the mind of man more overwhelming or awesome than the thought that God is a God of love. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 1 John 4:7. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;” He didn’t say love is God. It is not that love is God, but rather God is love. That is His nature. Love is intangible. You can’t taste it, you can’t touch it, and you can’t store it in a jar. The only way you can see something intangible is for it to be made visible. That is what God did when He sent His son. When Jesus came into the world, God wrapped His love in a person. God personified His love in the person of Jesus Christ. There was a little girl who needed a kidney to live. Her parents along with the doctor told her brother that if his sister was to live, he needed to give her one of his kidneys. The little boy said, “Yes, whatever it takes for my sister to live.” After the surgery both the little girl and her brother were doing fine. The doctor checked on the young girl and then her brother. While talking to the little boy he asked the doctor. “When am I going to die?” You see, the boy thought by giving his sister one of his kidneys, it would require his life. What a tremendous definition of the word LOVE.