Hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 NRSV)
In Maya Angelou's book, Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now, she tells of a lesson she learned many years ago from her voice teacher, Frederick Wilkerson. Wilkerson asked Angelou to read a passage from the book, Lessons in Truth. This passage ended with the simple line, "God loves me." Each time, Maya read it through in just the manner she thought Wilkerson wanted, but each time he insisted that she read it again. Finally, on the seventh read-through, Maya Angelou began to cry. She realized the truth of what she was reading. As she said, "I knew that if God loved me, then I could do wonderful things, I could try great things, learn anything, achieve anything."

Many of the greatest people who have ever lived will give the same testimony. Christian faith does not need the services of a spin-master. All we need is God's love through the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Dear Jesus, thanks for bringing God's love into my heart. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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