Today’s Reading: Acts 2:43 (NIV)
43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
It is an awesome thing to see a miracle in motion, happening right before your eyes. Something incredible occurs when a heart is touched by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Lives are transformed into Christ-likeness. Hurting hearts are healed, broken families are mended, and people learn how to love each other for real. What does this amazing, unconditional love look like? What did it look like on the day the Holy Spirit saved 3,000 men in Jerusalem?
Take a closer look at the Scripture. Can you imagine what it must have been like for the people who came to know the Lord in that moment when the Spirit fell? Folks from different nations, beliefs, races, cultures and creeds, were all hearing the Gospel message and receiving Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. These people were not all Jews. Many did not live in the area, nor had they had any real knowledge or contact with Christ as he walked in flesh on the earth. Still, in one amazing fell swoop, the Spirit set their hearts on fire, and lives were instantly changed. A new way of living emerged. The people who did not agree on much of anything culturally or religiously, suddenly found themselves worshipping and trusting Christ for salvation all together. Can you imagine what a miraculous wonder this must have been?
It takes the power and presence of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives today, to experience what unconditional love really is. So much more than simply agreeing to disagree with each other, we must learn to really love each other the way that Jesus loves us. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we can look beyond all the hidden agendas, our differences of opinion, and even our own precious preconceived notions, and find His love resting on all people, everywhere. We can only be fully united in Christ’s love alone, and it is His love that is birthed in and through us when the power of Holy Spirit comes.
I am daily filled with awe, every time I experience Christ’s love through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Won’t you open your hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ today? He can teach us how to better love each other, if we are willing to let Him be the Lord of our lives. Are you willing to love others the way Jesus Christ loves you?
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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