...it is Christ who lives in me.
Everyone, your comments have been inspiring. If I could only keep this verse in my mind 24 hours a day, I wonder how my actions would be different. Since we have been saved by the radical
idea of salvation from God by grace, we are free to really love others. I like how some of the orthodox Jews wear the Bible verses in those little boxes on their forheads. This verse would be one verse in that box if I were wearing one.
Jesus showed love in all its forms to a world that often didn't accept that love. He was forgiving and compassionate to those who failed or didn't understand. He welcomed the outcasts. In fact the ONLY group of people Jesus really attacks are those church people who have enslaved others by a legalism of their own making, the pharisees.
Legalism seeks to enslave. Those who are bound by a religion of rules are not free to love. God's forgiveness and acceptance of everyone allows us to love freely without fear or punishment. Christ's love can flow out through US. How awesome is that!