Tag Archives: Love

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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Precious in God’s Sight

 

 

PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Isaiah 53:2b NKJV

Jesus Christ traveled up Calvary’s hill burdened with the weight of the cross. A bloody mess from the intense beatings He endured, almost unrecognizable. As Isaiah prophesied, there was nothing beautiful about Him that anyone should desire Him.

Have you ever felt like that? Like you have nothing anyone would desire? Like you are not beautiful? Are the words “unworthy”, “undesirable”, and “unlovable” part of your self-image?

Perhaps, you have tried to run from your past, but it always catches up with you. The words that cut like a knife. The innocence that someone stole. The chains that feel unbreakable. God wants to heal your heart. When He saw Jesus on the cross, He saw beauty, and that is how He sees you.

Jesus went to the cross so He can give you beauty for ashes (Is. 61:3). He not only died to offer us eternal life, but the abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus knows your pain because He was abused, forsaken, and rejected. He loves you, and He came to heal the broken-hearted (Is. 61:1).

Jesus loves broken people. He waited by the well for the Samaritan woman. She was an outcast. She had gone from one shattered relationship to another. She didn’t feel beautiful or worthy of love, especially from the Messiah, but there He sat, waiting for her. She didn’t realize she had a divine appointment at the well. Jesus knew her past, and He loved her, giving her the living water.

Sister, that’s what He wants to do for you. For all of us. Commit your life to Him. Let the Great Physician begin His healing work. He wants you to see yourself as “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4). Did you see that? You are precious in the sight of God.

The devil will whisper lies, but never let anyone tell you that you are anything less than the beautiful beloved child of the king.

Father, for many, you are the only good Father they will ever know. Heal the hearts of hurting women today. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 4:5-30.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Can you identify with the woman at the well? If so, talk to Jesus just like you were sitting with Him at the well. Perhaps your life is great, and you can’t identify with any of this. There are many women who suffer from the trauma of sexual abuse. How can you reach out and help a sister in need?

 

 

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.