EVEN Napoleon Bonaparte knew the truth about God’s love.
“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires,’’ he said. “But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.’’
Mahatma Gandhi was another who knew of the powerful love of Jesus.
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians,’’ he said. “Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.’’
Theologian Henri Nouwen said life wasn’t meant to be easy. “It ought to be hard. It ought to be radical; it ought to be restless; it ought to lead you to places you’d rather not go,’’ he said.
Nouwen asked how we could live inside a world marked by fear, hatred, and violence and not be destroyed by it. His answer was: “By realising we live in a house of love’’.
He said the world was not divided up between those who have conquered fear and those who haven’t. Rather, our own days and hours are divided up between those times when we live more in fear and those times when we live more in love.
Nouwen’s point was that no-one is beyond the reach of God’s love.