A Game Changer

February 2, 2017

“Have I told you today that I love you?” That is what my young grandson, Zayne, hollered as he ran into the house. What started as a simple, routine greeting had become a good reminder for us both. 


Knowing we are loved can be a ‘game changer.’ Sports followers know exactly what a ‘game changer’ is. It is a play or a call/no call that affects the final score or outcome of the game. More often, the term ‘game changer’ is used to describe a player whose talent or effort made all the difference. In a similar way, knowing we are loved is truly a ‘game changer’ in our lives. 


Now, I know that life is not a game, but when we can understand and grasp the truth of being unconditionally loved, it will make a huge difference in the way we live.


John 13:34 - 35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” 


The one true identifying characteristic of His disciples would be their love. Of all things He could have chosen, the most significant distinction would be their love! 


When it comes to restoring relationships, love is a ‘game changer.’ 

When Jesus was arrested, Peter fell under pressure and denied ever knowing His Savior. Yet, after the resurrection, Jesus would use the occasion of a surprise fish fry to restore Peter and their relationship.


Jesus didn’t ask, “Peter, are you sorry for denying me?” He didn’t ask, “Peter, have you repented sufficiently?” He simply asked, “Peter, do you love Me?” 


Why is that? It’s because love is a ‘game changer.’ Once their love relationship was reestablished, Jesus gave Peter a mission: “Feed my lambs.” In other words, love others by sharing with them the Bread of Life.


Maybe you are one of those who is blessed because you have always been told that you are loved. 


Or … maybe not. 


Perhaps you are one who finds it easy to express and receive love. 


Or … maybe not. 


To all of us, love is truly a ‘game changer,’ because Love changes things! 


Remember, you are dearly loved by a Savior who would rather die for you than live without you. Allow that truth to change your life and the lives of those around you today.


“Have I told you today that I love you?”

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