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Throwback Thursday: Sacrificial Love

 

SACRIFICIAL LOVE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,

That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 (NKJV)

Why did Jesus Christ come into this world, suffer and die, rise on the third day, and give us eternal life? The answer: “For God so loved”. John used the word “so” because there is no word that rightly describes the depth of God’s love. It is an unconditional love we cannot fathom.

He loved us when we were unlovable. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8). We did nothing to deserve His love. We could never do enough good works to earn it.

How can Christians receive such a gift from God and not show love to an unsaved world? In Mark 10:21, Jesus loved the self-righteous, rich, young ruler who was unsaved. Surely, if Jesus loved a man who was not saved, shouldn’t we do likewise?  In Matt. 5:43-45, Jesus tells us to love our neighbors and our enemies. This love is not an emotion. It is a choice to sacrifice time and show kindness towards them. If we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, then we take care of them as we would take care of ourselves.

The parable of “The Good Samaritan”) Luke 10:25-37) explains that a neighbor can be anyone that we come in contact with. The Jews and Samaritans hated each other. We may not even like the person, but if we don’t show God’s love to them, they may never see it. We should learn from that parable to love ALL people: the dirty homeless person, the unwed mother, the person blinded by a false religion, and homosexuals. They are all sinners in need of God’s grace, as we once were. Share the love that God has bestowed upon you with someone today.

Dear Lord,

Help us to love that particular person that we find so hard to love. Forgive us for prejudice and help us show them Your love. Prepare them for the gospel message that they may be saved. In Jesus ‘name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read about the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Is there a particular person that you need to show the love of God to? It may be an enemy or a person that simply annoys you. Make a point to show them an act of kindness and begin praying for them this week.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Rescued and Redeemed

Rescued and Redeemed

By Carolyn Dale Newell

…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct… but with the precious blood of Christ…

1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV

She shivered on the auction block, alone and ashamed. How had it come to this? She had left her loving husband who was now raising three children, and they may not be his own. Why had she been unfaithful? Why had he been so good? Why did she turn to a life of prostitution? Her choices had led her to the slave market. She had no answers, just guilt.

She could not look at the faces of the men gathering around her. She tried to ignore their slurs.

Hidden in the midst of the shouting crowd stood the man who loved her. The bidding began. Almost immediately, she heard the familiar voice of her husband. He was bidding on her! Why would he want her now? He continued to bid higher and higher. It was the forgiving love of Hosea that rescued Gomer from a future of bondage.

Christian, it was God’s love that rescued us from hell. Gomer was Hosea’s wife, but he still had to purchase her in order to save her. God created us, but He had to send His Son to redeem us with His precious blood.

God’s love letter, the Bible is filled with stories of redeeming love. Stories like Hosea and Gomer, and Boaz and Ruth, and that amazing story of our redemption.

We can identify with Gomer, feeling unworthy of God’s love. Friend, no one is worthy of His love. An undeserving love. An unconditional love. A love like no other. God loved us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8).

Maybe you feel unloved today. Perhaps you feel shame and remorse. God loves you. We were rescued from sin’s slave market. Not with money. Not with silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Like Gomer, we were helpless and hopeless. Jesus made a way when we could not find our way. You can read all about it in His love letter to you.

Heavenly Father, thank You for saving me from a life of sin. Thank You for seeing past my faults and loving me anyway. Thank You for rescuing me from hell. Help me live a life pleasing to You. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Hosea 1-3. God demonstrated His love for Israel, who played the harlot, through Hosea and Gomer.

HIKING THE TRAIL

John 3:16 is a familiar verse, but replace “the world” with your name. If you had been the only one, Christ would have still died for you. Like Hosea, God rescued and redeemed His children from sin’s slave market. That is something to be thankful about.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.