“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
– John 15:12, 13
A man said the other day he could not understand why God didn’t just impose martial law on earth and force everyone to worship Him, if that was what He wanted people to do?
There is no doubt that God, who commands nature to obey His word, could easily marshal a million angels to police the world and impose His rule over us. But it would never have dealt with the fundamental problem – we are all born sinners and it is in our DNA to be bad and rebellious.
For all his arrogance, Napoleon recognized that he was powerless compared to Christ.
He once said, "I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison.
“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I have founded empires. But upon 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."
Napoleon, like every other military conqueror, realised that you cannot force people to serve you, no matter how harsh and cruel, the ruler may be. Inside the heart of man is a desire to be free and to make his own choices.
This is the priceless gift of free will that God has given us.
The way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, is not forced upon anyone. It is offered as a free gift. We choose to either accept it or reject it.
God’s way is the way of love and not force. He desires that we love and worship Him, not out of fear of punishment, but out of hearts full of gratitude and reciprocal love.
Dear Father in heaven, thank You for Your everlasting love that saved me. I love You and worship You with all my heart. Help me to tell others about Jesus’ loving sacrifice on the cross for our sins.