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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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Throwback Thursday: Love Like Mary

 

LOVE LIKE MARY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

John 12:3 NKJV

 

Several years ago, while studying the gospel of John, I began to pray for God to teach me to love Him as Mary did. Something about her total selflessness touched me. Mary loved Jesus so much that she thought nothing of using her most valued possession to anoint Jesus. Spikenard was highly expensive. She did not consider the cost except to know that Jesus deserved the best.

 

She also humiliated herself when she took her hair down and she began to wipe His feet with it. Jewish women did not take their hair down in front of men. She showed Jesus her love with no thought to herself.

 

How can I give something to God unless it cost me something? Isn’t that what it means to sacrifice? Mary did not get her calculator out and see if it fit into her budget. She did not care what anyone thought of her letting her hair down and using it to wipe His feet. All she cared about was showing Jesus her love.

 

I need to start praying again for that type of love – a love that abandons self and freely gives – not just money, but time too. Sometimes time is a more precious commodity than money. We need time alone with Jesus. How can we say we love Him if we don’t spend time talking with Him? We need to linger in His love letter to us, His Holy Word. We need to express that love publicly as well as privately, without regard to what others will think. Imagine what it would look like if we all sacrificially worshipped Jesus like Mary did!

 

Dear heavenly Father,

I do want to show You my love with total abandonment, just like Mary. Help me to stop clinging so tightly to whatever is holding me back because I do love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read John 12:1-8.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

What sacrifices (time, money, pride…) can you make to worship Jesus this week?

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

LOVE LIKE MARY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

John 12:3 NKJV

Several years ago, while studying the gospel of John, I began to pray for God to teach me to love Him as Mary did. Something about her total selflessness touched me. Mary loved Jesus so much that she thought nothing of using her most valued possession to anoint Jesus. Spikenard was highly expensive. She did not consider the cost except to know that Jesus deserved the best.

She also humiliated herself when she took her hair down and she began to wipe His feet with it. Jewish women did not take their hair down in front of men. She showed Jesus her love with no thought to herself.

How can I give something to God unless it cost me something? Isn’t that what it means to sacrifice? Mary did not get her calculator out and see if it fit into her budget. She did not care what anyone thought of her letting her hair down and using it to wipe His feet. All she cared about was showing Jesus her love.

I need to start praying again for that type of love – a love that abandons self and freely gives – not just money, but time too. Sometimes time is a more precious commodity than money. We need time alone with Jesus. How can we say we love Him if we don’t spend time talking with Him? We need to linger in His love letter to us, His Holy Word. We need to express that love publicly as well as privately, without regard to what others will think. Imagine what it would look like if we all sacrificially worshipped Jesus like Mary did!

 

Dear heavenly Father,

I do want to show You my love with total abandonment, just like Mary. Help me to stop clinging so tightly to whatever is holding me back because I do love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 12:1-8.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What sacrifices (time, money, pride…) can you make to worship Jesus this week?

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.