Love is all about Sacrifice! How do we Love best? We lay down our own lives as Christ did for us, and we love others with the kind of love discussed in 1 Corinthians 13. In my previous post, “It’s all about LOVE!” I encouraged each of us to take on the “Sacrificial Love Challenge” and I have found it is exactly that… a challenge. This has also been a great learning experience.
To help in our processing of what Sacrificial Love is all about, I encourage you to set aside 35 minutes to take in message Pastor Scott Rains shared with us about Sacrificial Love. The Sermon was titled “A Love Story Gone Wrong”. Please visit this link to hear the message: http://sermons.hopenorthbranch.org/mp3/12/2012_02_19_LoveGoneWrong.mp3
I believe the starting point is to ask ourselves some questions. What does Love really mean to us? Are we using others to get what we want? Or are we truly loving others? What is our starting place for love? If we believe in God, then our starting place is Him! John 15:9-14 reads,
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”
We shall start with loving as God has loved us. We do so by exploring His sacrifice for us and learning how to then share the same love with others. Yes the term “sacrifice” is not a friendly term, and to many of us it brings us to a place of avoidance. Many of us would avoid any sort of sacrifice at all costs. We wouldn’t sacrifice our money, possessions, jobs, desires, etc. These sacrifices are difficult to make. Our desires are very difficult to let go of and when it comes to love we probably may not even consider sacrificing our own desires. However, by sacrificing what we want allows us to find the best place from which to love others. Let’s start to explore how we can love better by learning what we can sacrifice to open our eyes to the needs of others. In doing so we can share this love with everyone around us. Please read this aloud, “I resolve to sacrifice my own ways so I can best love my family, friends, colleagues, strangers and enemies.”