“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).Text — 1 John 3:15-18
Love is the mark of a true Christian and sacrifice is the mark of true love. Throughout our lives, we will all be required to sacrifice something for the sake of something. We sacrifice time to build relationships that are important to us. We sacrifice our money to invest in a greater good. We sacrifice our energy to serve others. Ultimately, sacrifice is one of the greatest ways to show love. Jesus Christ offers us the greatest example of true love. Not only did He sacrifice His life on the cross, but He also made many sacrifices during His lifetime. He gave up many privileges in order to serve those He loved.
We are called to follow His steps, to lay down our lives for the brethren. You may not be called to go to the cross to die for others, but you will be called to do somethings for others: listen to their concerns and complains, forgive their faults and failures, provide for their needs and necessities. Give up part of your life and resources, and meet somebody’s need. That is sacrificial love.
Sacrifice is the mark of true love
We must follow Christ’s example.
Prayer for today
Lord, grant me the grace to love as you did on earth.