A certain man bought a valuable painting entitled “The Burning Ship.” In the picture, a large ocean liner is engulfed in flames. The most remarkable thing about the painting is the artist’s rendering of the fire. It looks so real it almost appears that the picture itself is ablaze. One day, while looking at the picture, the owner became more and more intrigued by the vivid portrayal of the fire. Suddenly, a fly began buzzing around, then came to rest in the center of the flames. This startled the man because, for a brief moment, he fully expected to see the fly consumed by the fire. But the fly flew away, unharmed. It was never at risk because the flames were not real. Moreover, if they had been real, the fly would have avoided them instinctively.
Jesus came to set the world on fire with the Spirit of Love. “I have come to light a fire on the earth,” He said. Then, He added,…
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