Wind or Sun?

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40).

When I was a child, I learned the imaginary story about the day that the North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger.

As they argued, a traveler came along wrapped in a warm cloak. The North Wind and the Sun agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the traveler take his cloak off should be considered stronger than the other.

The North Wind blew as hard as he could, but the more he blew the more closely the traveler folded his cloak around him.

Finally, the North Wind gave up the attempt. Then the Sun shined out warmly, and immediately the traveler took off his cloak.

And so the North Wind was obliged to confess that the Sun was the stronger of the two.

In the same way, most people are moved more by the warmth of encouragement and love than they are the harshness of cold criticism. 

God’s Word expresses this truth perfectly: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8).

Think about the power of that statement: “for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” The law of God – which reveals His very heart – is founded upon the principle of total, all-out love.

A consuming love for the Lord will create in us a compassionate love for others. And, when we have radical love for God and with the people He has created, we will fulfill the purpose that Jesus has for us.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!