John 15:12-13 ~ My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
While on vacation over the summer, I saw this lady who made flowers out of reed/leaf type things. She sold them to people by donation. She was very talented at what she did. She even made swords for kids that she gave for free. She told stories about Jesus to the kids who she gave swords to.
Her attitude of love was truly amazing. She gave what she had to others and it made them smile. She also fed the birds in the area cheese crackers. She was a beautiful woman.
Later on, I found out that she was homeless. This actually really surprised me. She gave all that she could and loved on everyone that she met. What an inspiration! She was beautiful not for what she had or what she looked like (which I don’t even remember at this point). She was beautiful for her heart of gold and how she gave to others and told them about why she had joy.
Her servant heart came from something rather simple – she knew of Jesus and how great He is and just had to share it!
When we look around us, and even inside of us, do we find that we are loving as this lady did? I know when I do, I don’t. Sacrificial love is such a tough task. How can we accomplish it?
- Know that only with Christ can you truly love
Don’t try to love others on your own, for you will fail. I hate to break it to you, but you are human, not superhuman. You can’t possibly love the unlovable on your own. Surrender all to Jesus and ask Him to mold and transform your heart. Once you do this, you have strength to love unconditionally!!
- Don’t be hesitant to serve in the small and big ways
Displaying love can be a HUGE thing, or it could be small. Ask the Lord for opportunities to love, and when they come up, take the opportunity!! Even if no one notices that doesn’t matter. Rather, Matthew 6:1 says: Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Serving unseen is one of the biggest things we can do to serve the Lord.
- Remember that love = sacrifice
The word most often used for love (agape a Greek word) translates to sacrifice. That is what the most heavenly love truly is – a sacrifice that we make to others. Whether it’s our time, money, resources, etc, it’s a sacrifice.
I’m going to leave you all with a quote by Amy Carmichael
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
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