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  • Sacrifice Is The True Measure of Love

    2 posts, 2 voices, 3648 views, started Aug 3, 2009

    Posted on Monday, August 3, 2009 by Denise Richardson

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      Sacrifice is the true measure of love.
      The degree of one’s love for someone is measured by the degree of his or her sacrifice for that person. When you deeply love someone, you’ll do a lot of difficult, challenging, or painful things for him or her that you would never do for anyone else.

      Jesus, even before his death, demonstrated his love for others by sacrificing for them. John 13:1 tells us: It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. In the next 15 verses, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet—a task usually performed by the lowliest servants. Yet Jesus, out of love, gave of himself in order to serve. Love means going out of your way to be a servant.

      Sacrifice is exactly how we can measure God’s love for us. As Romans 5:8 explains, God let his son, Jesus Christ, die so that every one of us could have the opportunity to be alive: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God demonstrates his love for us by his sacrifice for us.

      In 1 John 3:16-17, we are presented with this same challenge: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. How can you love others if you‘re not sacrificing for them?

      In your life, examine what you can do to serve others in order to show them true love—God’s love. Such love requires sacrifice.



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