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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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Sticks and Stones Can Break Bones But Words Can Shatter Me

STICKS AND STONES CAN BREAK BONES BUT WORDS CAN SHATTER ME

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:3 NKJV

We have all done it. We have all said something in anger we wish we could take back. Quite likely, we all have been struck by those verbal bullets too. Words that wound and degrade. Name calling that pierces and stings.

I remember vividly as a legally blind child the name calling I received from my classmates. I was different, and I used large print books which were big. And also, different. Different puts a target on your back.

In retrospect, I see how that held me back as an adult. Ashamed to use anything in public to assist me. No magnifiers. No white cane.

Finally, God broke the bondage that held me captive for many years. I freely use my cane, my guide dog, and my iPhone with assistive apps in public now. I am no longer afraid to ask someone for help when I need it.

We can ignore the random darts that are thrown our way, but what about the constant pounding some people have to endure? Words like “stupid” or “good for nothing”. Statements like “Nobody will ever love you” or “You’ll never amount to anything”.

When possible, avoid these negative people. They are cruel, and they are probably trying to cover up their own insecurities.

Sometimes, there are situations when avoiding these type of people is impossible. It may be a parent, teacher, boss or some other authority figure.

A person can only endure so much verbal abuse before it breaks their self-confidence. They believe what they are being told about themselves. Then what?

Did you know God specializes in heart surgery? He loves to mend broken hearts, making them whole again. He binds up the wounds sharp words have ripped open. He is a Father who loves and cares for you. He wants you to come to Him like a little child telling Him everything. His love for you put His Own Son on Calvary’s cross to die in your place. Take your brokenness to God. The hurt caused by wounding words can be unbearable, but God’s healing will be unbelievable.

Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me of Your great love. I bring You all the hurt and shame I have collected. I leave it with You, casting my cares on You because You care for me. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Ephesians 1 and highlight the names and descriptions God uses for you.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Whether you are scarred by words from the past or you are dealing with them today, God really does care about your brokenness. Start seeing yourself in His eyes – A child of the king.