Protection from evil through a loving sacrifice
“If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love.”
So responded Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, when 11-year-old Harry questioned why the most evil wizard of all time could not bear to touch him. Dumbledore went on to explain that when Voldemort attacked the Potter family in Harry’s infancy, Lily Potter died attempting to save her son. “[Voldemort] didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark . . . . To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever,” said Dumbledore. “It was agony [for Voldemort] to touch a person marked by something so good.”
In an act of incomprehensible love, Jesus Christ died for us. This sacrifice provides the means whereby we all find an ultimate and lasting protection from evil. “There is no greater expression of love,” taught Elder M. Russell Ballard, “than the heroic atonement performed by the Son of God.” Satan’s inability to harm in the face of Christ’s willing, loving sacrifice serves to remind us that if there is one thing the adversary cannot understand, it is love.