Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Love Means Sacrifice

Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
~ Ephesians 5:2, The Message

Imagine for one second if the world turned off its “Christian-filter” and Christian’s turned off their hypocrisy act and actually followed this bible verse.

That’s right…the world would be a better place.

This is what we are all called to be like, especially those who follow Christ. Give everything of ourselves in love to others. Instead of hating the Catholic or the Protestant or the Muslim or the Jew of the homosexual or the opposite race and instead treat them as well as you would wish to be treated….HOLY COW! This world would be a better place.

Keep in mind, Jesus Christ is the Son of Man—he is God! He could have said, “Hmmm, torture and beatings AND a crucifixion? Nah, I’ll just take the next first class flight back up to heaven.”
The point is he didn’t; he loved us so much that even knowing what he must do, he still died for our sins. He died so that we may have eternal salvation and be rescued from the fires of hell.

I can’t think of anyone who would willingly go through what Christ went through except maybe a parent for a child. Yet God sacrificed his son for us. God loved us so much that he was willing to give up his son to death so that we can live with him forever.

I have never, and pray I never will be put into a situation where I have to choose between my life and the life of my child. I will always choose my child. BUT, imagine if you had to choose between your child and the life of another—I couldn’t. My child would be my choice…and that’s why I am no god. When you look at God’s sacrifice from that point of view, it demonstrates how much the Father truly loves you.

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