#5164 – Sacrificial Love

Good morning people who walk in the love and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 15:12-13 NIV “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.”

We are not told to just love each other. If we were, we would all have a different measure of what love looks like. The degrees of sacrifice would vary, and we would all be on different pages.

Jesus told us to love each other as He has loved us. This is the key. This is the comparison and the measuring rod for our love: God’s love for us.

Jesus literally laid down His life for us. This was His expression of love. The Father sacrificed His Son – His best – so that we could be fully set free and live fully alive in Him.

And this is how we are to love each other: with lives laid down.

Sacrificial love is godly love. It is difficult. It is challenging. It is costly.

And we can’t do it if we are the origin of this love. What starts in us is insufficient when it comes to love. This is why we need to receive God’s love and pass His love on to others.

It would be true to say that our capacity to love others is directly connected to our capacity to receive God’s love. The greater the revelation we have of God’s love, the more we can give it away.

Love gives. This is what God the Father modelled. This is what Jesus the Son modelled. And this is what we are also privileged to model.