The Voice of the Martyrs, a ministry to the persecuted church co-founder Sabina Wurmbrand wasn’t always a follower of Jesus. Sabina told her husband, “I don’t need him. It isn’t natural. We’re Jewish-it’s another way of life.” Eventually Sabina surrendered her heart to Jesus Christ and became a Christian. This was remarkable considering they lived in very difficult times during a Communist State making Christianity frowned upon. Her husband Richard, who was lovingly patient, modeled his faith in Christ, which convinced Sabina to step into a relationship with the Savior. Richard’s love for Sabina created a trust toward him that allowed her to eventually trust in the Lord. (Sabina Wurmbrand, The Pastors Wife, Bartlesville, OK: Vom Books, 1070, 2005, p.75.)
Sabina experienced a grace filled love. What are the effects of grace filled love in your life? What would happen if Christ followers graciously loved people, even the unlovely?
Ruth could answer these questions! In the book of Ruth you will find God’s hand of grace extended in an amazing way through Boaz toward Ruth, and the aroma of that grace flowing over to her mother-in-law Naomi as she moves from bitterness to blessedness. Boaz was to become the “kinsman redeemer.” We have a redeemer in Christ Jesus. The book of Acts says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)