The Soul-Magnet

by Sheri Schofield

There’s a rodent haven next to our mountain home. It is a huge pile of boulders that towers forty feet into the sky. Rats, mice, pikas, and squirrels call this huge tower home. I’ve noticed it is very well organized. It even has a bathroom for the community on one side of the tower. The squirrels living in the tower have black tails and are very territorial. In the mornings, one or two of them will climb up a tree and scold every bird or gray squirrel they see. Sometimes, a black-tailed squirrel from another boulder tower will scold back. The neighboring inhabitants scold even louder. I imagine they are saying, “This is MY house. I’m the boss here. Don’t come near my place…or else!”

(Sometimes I stand on the deck and make squirrel scolding noises right back at them. It drives them crazy!)

The gray squirrels live in more modest pile of boulders behind our house. They are gentle and curious. They rarely scold. I can talk to them, and they hesitantly listen for a while, then scamper away.

Two different types of squirrels—two different responses to life. Territorial versus gentle. Domineering versus friendly.

I’ve been reading the book of Judges. They had no ruler, no king. Therefore, each one did what was right in his own eyes. My, what contention! Some group was always battling another group, even in times of national peace. When they forgot God and worshipped Baal, He let invaders dominate them. He delivered Israel time after time, but they quickly forgot God.

In later days, they were not willing to let God be their King. They wanted a man. Even after God gave them a human king, it didn’t satisfy them. Jealousy drove Saul to hunt David. Jealousy and sin divided David’s household. Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines from the surrounding heathen nations. He built idols to their gods and participated in their evil worship. His later life was totally self-centered, though he began his life well. It resulted in a divided kingdom after he died.

Sin divided people back then. It divides us now. Peace can only exist where Jesus is King of our hearts, and we obey His command to love one another. Tertullian, a first century Christian, tells us the pagans would say this about Christians, “Behold, how they love one another!” It amazed them. The pagans didn’t have any such love, and what they saw among Christians was incredible. Christians were decidedly different!

Do we love one another today? Someone recently described a church this way to me. “They are the nicest, kindest people. But I don’t think the pastor is very deep, and nobody seems to connect the dots too seriously.”

This church has clearly understood Jesus’ command to love one another. They are not arguing among themselves. They are reaching out to others, showing kindness. They are not focused on divisive theology. I’d say they are deep. Very deep. For loving one another is the most miraculous quality of the church.

Once we have learned how to truly love one another, we are better able to understand the rest of Jesus’ teachings and the instructions of the apostles. Love is the foundation upon which we build. After we have learned to love other Christians, we will learn to love the lost. When we love the lost, we have great influence in leading them to Jesus. Few can resist God’s love. It is a soul-magnet.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing, (1 Corinthians 13:1,2 NIV).

This article brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, Questions welcomed!

Sherri offers a free series of video lessons about Jesus and His salvation—for children ages 4 and up. It is available at her website In this video series, Walk-The-Talk Island, Sheri presents her award-winning book The Prince and the Plan, in 24 video lessons for your children, grandchildren and any others with whom you wish to share. In addition, Campfire provides devotions for children.

Join the conversation: In what ways do you show love to your fellow believers?


2 thoughts on “The Soul-Magnet

  1. Great post, Sherri. Our church is now studying I Thessalonians, and our pastor is encouraging us to love one another. What you said is so true. Blessings, Fran


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