On Sunday, January 8, 1956, five young missionaries flew into the Amazon jungle. Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian landed at a remote clearing to bring the gospel to the Auca Indians. The next day theirbodies were found floating in the Curaray River, ambushed by the very people to whom they had come to share Christ’s love. Back in Oak Park, Illinois, Dr. T. E. McCully was shaken by his son’s death. But he was also rooted in Christ’s love. A few days after their deaths, T. E. McCully prayed, “Lord, let me live long enough to see those fellows saved who killed our boy, that I may throw my arms around them and tell them I love them because they love my Christ.” When he rose, tears ran down his cheeks. In less than three years, Nate Saint’s sister, Rachel, and Jim Elliot’s widow, Elisabeth, began their ministry with the Aucas, and many Aucas came to the Lord. Nine years after the murder of the five missionaries, two of those who had killed Nate Saint and his companions baptized two of Nate’s children, Kathy and Stephen Saint. In June 1995, Stephen Saint was called by the Aucas to assist in developing their church leadership. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive hate, only love can do that.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
God’s Word: “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27). It’s only through rootedness in Christ’s love that anyone can forgive—especially someone who murdered their loved one. And it was rootedness in Christ’s love that allowed Joseph to forgive his brothers for their treacherous act.
Are we rooted in Christ’s love? Have we embraced His love to the extent that we can risk loving others to this degree when even other Christians may not understand it? Will we take the time to get to know the hearts of those around us and become better equipped to love and to forgive when the time is right
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