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                SACRIFICIAL LOVE

 

     Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  John 15:13

 

     But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.    Romans 5:8

 

     Christ not only laid down His life for His friends, He also laid down His life for the sinful...even those who put Him to death.  That includes you and me because...all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.    Romans 3:23

 

How do we respond to such a love?  In what ways can we return sacrificial love to the one who loved us so much?

 

I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.    Romans 12:1

 

1. Worship God, study His word, and pray.  If it is too much trouble to get up on the Lord’s Day, come to Bible class, worship God, pray and commune with Christ, then there is no sense at all of the sacrificial love we ought to have for God and Christ.

2. Serve the Lord by teaching a Bible class, helping the needy, encouraging the weak, and supporting the elders, deacons, and preachers through commitment and prayer.  Without commitment there is no sacrifice.

3. Give of your earnings.  God blesses us all with the health, opportunity, and  ability to have a good job.  Do we give to Him in proportion to what He has blessed us with?  Can you honestly say that your

giving is a demonstration of your sacrificial love?

 

God and Christ demonstrated sacrificial love by sending Jesus to die on the cross?  How does yours compare?