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The Sacrificial Love of Christ………..


Most of us today will never know what it is like to endure the type of physical and emotional pain Jesus experienced in human form. However, many of us can relate to Jesus’s cry as he stood in the garden of Gethsemane and ask that this cup be taken away. Matthew 26:39 “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” However, many times we completely forget about the second half of Jesus’s statement (Yet not as I will, but as you will.) In today’s microwave instant culture, sacrifice means standing in long lines. When I was growing up, I always saw sacrifice as a way of everyday life, let me explain, I grew-up in the beautiful island of St. Thomas U. S. Virgin Islands. There was always someone at our table eating with us, an open invitation to help others no matter the sacrifice was the unspoken motto of our family. One year during my middle school years a friend of the family was ill and, I was asked to take dinner to her home. When I arrived at her house the door was unlocked, and she was in her room to ill to move. I helped her with her needs and got her fed and went home to tell my mom. I remember how it made me feel, I recall having a sense of joy and gratification. Later that evening as I got ready for bed, I looked out my window at the amazing majesty of God, and I prayed a little girl’s earnest prayer, Lord one day let me grow up and help others. When I prayed that prayer somehow, I knew, I believed that God would honor this request. As an adult my heart still echo those words, whenever I see a need. What I have learned over the years is that we can get so caught up in the distractions of the world that we forget about the sacrifice of love. Love requires us to act, love may even require us to do things outside of our comfort zone. Like being hospitable to someone in need without making them feel less than. Love requires of each of us to spend time with God, He is our source. When we sit at His feed either through prayer, meditation, reading his word or with other like-minded believers we are taking the actions necessary for us to go through sacrificial seasons of love. So, as we either see struggles in others’ lives or experience struggle in our own lives remember that love equals sacrifice. There are two scriptures I would suggest in these seasons Hebrews 4:15 “ For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet he did not sin” & Psalm 145: 8-9 “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Every season in life begins with faith and hope, and every journey requires some type of sacrifice, always remember the cross.

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