“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:22-23)

What man or woman can understand the relationship of the Trinity except as a Divine concept of unity?  Three in one, and one in three.  Within that relationship is a deep, unscathed, interwoven fluidity of Holy Love.  The Spirit of Love brooded, the voice of Love spoke and the Word of Love became Life.  A love that is so powerful it created the universe, transcends time and space and makes all things one.

Jesus said He had given us the same ‘glory’ or ability to create unity within our relationships.  John Wesley said that he was “…a man sent from God to persuade people to put Christ at the center of their relationships.”   And it was Dr. E. Stanley Jones who once said that there are two most important questions about one’s life – “What is your center?” and “What is your circumference?”

How true it is that when Christ is at the center of our lives the circumference or relationships of our lives are not wounded, torn, or scathed, but healed and united in His Holy Love!   This then is our witness to the world for Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another” [John 13:35]

We never know how much one loves till we know how much he is willing to endure and suffer for us; and it is the suffering element that measures love.  The characters that are great must, of necessity, be characters that shall be willing, patient and strong to endure for others.  To hold our nature in the willing service of another is the divine idea of manhood, of the human character. [Henry Ward Beecher.]

Let Christ’s enduring love fill your heart this morning and make a difference in your world.

Further Reading:  John 17; John 13