Day One: Love Divine

Romans 5:5-8 (NIV) – And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

At the age of 35 years old, after growing up in a Christian home and having even been on a disappointing mission trip, John Wesley reluctantly went to a meeting on Aldersgate Street in London.  As he was hearing God’s word in Romans being expounded on by Martin Luther’s writings, he “felt his heart strangely warmed.” And he recalls being able to receive such assurance of his faith: “I felt I did trust in Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” Continuing, he said, “I felt that God loved me. I experienced that God loved me. It was no longer something in my head, but something I felt in my heart.”

After this experience, he became a great traveling preacher and from there, he and his brother Charles became responsible for organizing the Methodist church movement.

Prayer:  Lord, may I be undone, changed and renewed today by the power of your love. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

“The Power of Your Love” written by Geoff Bullock (Hillsong). Link:

– EK