written by Louis Sacran
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13
I’m not sure what your life looks like right now. You may be in a hospital or at home caring for a child with long- term illness or disease. Perhaps you are walking through the darkness of losing a child or a loved one. Many of us are physically and emotionally weary from the constant stream of needs we must schedule our life around.
During the month of February, we’ve spent some time reflecting on love. In this last devotion for the month, we want to focus on the greatest love. Jesus, who is God in the flesh, is also love in the flesh. In John 10:11, 15, Jesus explains that He is going to lay down His life for his people.
Jesus is speaking about a sacrificial love, a love that costs Him something. Jesus laying down his life did not just mean that He would die a sacrificial death, but it also meant that He would live a sacrificial life.
In Philippians 2:3-4, Paul encourages the Philippian believers to have the same attitude as Jesus: Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
As we face the challenges of each day, this kind of love is the kind that gets us through the difficulties of life with intact relationships on the other side. For those of you whose lives are characterized by a sacrificial love, an exhausting love, and a marvelous display of the greatest love, may God bless you, as you lay down your life for those you love.
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