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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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Love Your Enemies

 

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Luke 6:35-36 (NKJV)

Someone has probably popped in your mind. It may be someone that you cannot get along with no matter how hard you try, or it may be someone who hates God and wallows in the worst kinds of sin. We hate their sin, but we should love them enough to give them the truth of the gospel.

Biblical love is not an emotion, but it is a choice to be merciful. The story of the good Samaritan is a great example of this. Two men passed the injured Jew by, but the one who stopped was his enemy, a Samaritan. The hatred between Jews and Samaritans ran very deep.

Since God is kind to the unthankful and evil, we are to show them that same kindness. We are God’s children. Therefore, we are supposed to be like Him. God does not withhold blessings from the wicked. He causes the rain to fall and the sun to shine on all. This is known as “common grace”. When we love our enemies, we are showing them the love of God.

The unsaved world loves its own, but they hate their enemies. We are no longer part of them, and we are to love as God loves (v. 32-33).

It is difficult to love someone that you really don’t even like, but if we do not love them it is sin. We can only do this through the power and love of God. Pray for God to help you love this person. Begin to pray for your enemy, and you will see a change in your attitude toward them. Be your Father’s child and love.

Lord Jesus,

Forgive us for our failure to love perfectly as You do. Put that kind of love in our hearts, especially for our enemies. Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 6:27-36.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Who is your enemy? Make them your mission field. Begin by praying for them. Do something kind for them this week.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.