God love. Easy to talk. Easy to receive.
Hard, hard, hard to give.
We love movies and The Scarlet and the Black is a favorite. This film, set during WWII, features two Hollywood greats, Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer. Peck plays a monsignor working at the Vatican, Plummer, the German comandante in Nazi-occupied Rome. The monsignor smuggles Allied soldiers through the city and on to safety. The colonel tries to catch him, tightening a German noose in Rome until only a white circle around the Vatican marks the priest’s safe zone.
Until one night when the comandante “requests” a meeting with the monsignor at the Coliseum.
The Allies approach and the German knows he will be captured. He asks the monsignor to smuggle his wife and children to safety. The monsignor is incensed. He turns his back to go, when the German taunts him, saying his religion is a lie. If Christianity is real, the monsignor must do it. Otherwise, love, forgiveness, it’s all a lie.
The monsignor swoops off in a flurry of priestly robes, the colonel’s words echoing off the dark walls of the empty Coliseum.
Scenes later, Allied soldiers interrogate the German commander. They ask how he did it and the colonel is confused. Did what?
They continue to press him. His wife and children are safe in Austria. How did he do it?
And it hits him. The priest did it.
A true story, the priest visited the German commander in prison for years and the colonel eventually gave his life to Christ.
Unconditional love. The real deal. No counterfeit.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(NIV)
No conditions, no reservations. We don’t have to clean up first.
And now He calls us to love the same way: unconditionally.
To love like this, we need God Himself. Thank goodness, He’s available. Every day. 24/7.
Who in your life could you not love apart from God?
Has someone loved you this way?
Why is this impossible without God?
How can you spot a counterfeit?
Why is unconditional love so powerful?
Unconditional love: without conditions or reservations. God love. Easy to talk. Easy to receive. Hard, hard, hard to give. Click to tweet.
Unconditional love. The real deal. No counterfeit. Click to tweet.
No conditions, no reservations. We don’t have to clean up first. Click to tweet.
He calls us to love the same way: unconditionally. To love like this, we need God Himself. Thank goodness, He’s available. Every day. 24/7. Click to tweet.