Second-Best Good News

3 We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints … (Colossians 1).

Perhaps the second best thing to hearing and receiving the Good News (Gospel)—is hearing of others receiving it. I saw a preview recently of an animated motion picture depicting the Christmas Story, the beginning of the Good News. And what made it especially moving to me was a part showing some “bad guys” and their lives being turned around—which is exactly why Jesus came! I cried, and it was just a movie!

But the tears did not drop for an animated figure on a screen. They fell for the idea of the freedom and redemption found in Christ. To me, the best stories are the ones about redemption, especially the ones where people change from despising Christians to loving them—when they change from having a love for themselves to a love “for all the saints” in Christ. I love this story, because it is my story, too.

Lord, thank You for changing our hearts so that we love other believers. Help us This Day to pray for them and to do good to them. Amen.