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Love through sacrifice

Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

We hear so much today about love. What is love, anyway? Love can certainly be manifested in many viewpoints; however, there is a particular component that showcases love above and beyond anything else. Often times we can witness illustrations of this factor in things such as the love for one’s country, love for a spouse, a friend, or maybe a job or career. What is the common element for this love? The answer is sacrifice. When one loves their country, many will sacrifice themselves perhaps through the means of the military. The love for a job may come by sacrificing your time to achieve its success. The love of a spouse, family or friendship may require many or multiple sacrifices to show affection and care towards another. 

Sacrifice plays a large role in love because it is itself an act of love. The very definition of sacrifice is giving something up for the sake of another. We see this put on display by God himself 2000 years ago at Calvary. “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). In other words, God doesn’t just say He loves the world, but demonstrates His love for the world; through sacrifice. Another scripture we can reference in regards to Jesus sacrifice to show His love is John 15:12-15: “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Not only does He show his love through sacrifice but he is also encouraging us to sacrifice for others to show love. Therefore, since God shows us his love through sacrifice, we should showcase our love for God by our sacrifices for Him. This can be anything from our time for Him, our obedience, or by the deed of helping and sacrificing for others around us.  

Sacrifice is a huge benefactor when it comes to love. Learning and understanding the effects of sacrifice can play a vital role in our relationship with God as well as with people on this earth. Whether we are looking to showcase love in new commitments, new relationships, or build on those we have, we should come to the understanding that sacrifice is much needed for those connections to succeed, grow and stay healthy.

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