Grand Rapids Christian High School Bible and Theology teacher, Larry Borst, leads today's devotional.
Paul, in Corinthians 13, says that love always perseveres. Perseverance and courage are important words that may have slipped away from our everyday language a bit too much.
When the head of the British Expeditionary Force was pinned down in Dunkirk, and all seemed hopeless, he sent a message across the English Channel that was just three words, "And if not."
It galvanized the British people who sent thousands of small boats across the channel to pick up their soldiers and bring them home, which allowed the British to fight another day.
The three words were from Daniel 3, where Daniel's three friends refuse to worship an idol, and by refusing, they face certain death. They respond by saying they trust their God to deliver them, and even if their God does not (and if not), they will follow him anyway.
We need a bit of that courage to follow the one who calls us to love even our enemies and bring peace and justice to the weak and poor... but maybe a better way to say it is that when we see the love of the one who calls us to love even our enemies... courage grows in us.
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace,
the God we serve is able to deliver us from it,
and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.
But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty,
that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.