Thursday, June 17, 2004

Love Is...
I have often pondered the reason God required sacrifice from His people. I have accepted it as truth that He has required it, but I've never been able to wrap my head around the reason. I suppose I always considered it a sort of "paying the price" for sin transaction. Maybe that is because we talk about Christ being the ultimate sacrifice who died to redeem our sins. But, I've come to think sacrifice is more than payment. There is something very big about sacrifice if it if so central to God's plan that He would send Jesus to be sacrifice. And, I think it is because of Jesus that we can see what the significance is. The key is in understanding that Jesus willingly died for us. A willing sacrifice. Why? Because He loved us.

But why not just wave a wand and remove sin? God could do that, couldn't He? Instead, God chose to sacrifice for us. Can you see that? GOD MADE A SACRIFICE. Why? Because LOVE IS SACRIFICE. If we can get that message pumping through our blood, it will change us. Love IS sacrifice. Love is SACRIFICE.

You may be thinking love shouldn't be sacrifice. Or maybe you haven't had to make any sacrifice for your love. But are you willing to sacrifice? Are you ready? Are you preparing? Would you want someone to love you enough to make a sacrifice for you?

And what do you love? Are you making sacrifice for something or someone you don't love?

Sacrifice can come in many forms. It can mean giving up time or money. It can mean letting the one you love have his way instead of fighting for your own way. It can mean letting go of control.

A great sacrifice you can make to God is to give Him control of your heart, words, actions, body, mind and soul. You can line your life up to His will. Christ was sacrifice for our sins, but we can show love by following His example. By remembering that love is sacrifice.


Blogger Kyndal said...

I found your entry on sacrifice thought provoking. Here are a few scriptures I found to go along with "sacrifice."

Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Rom. 12:1

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himeself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Eph. 5:1-2

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

The list could go on and on. Thanks for making me dig into my Bible for more!!

3:48 PM, June 18, 2004  

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