Monday, May 19, 2014

Love is sacrifice.

So let my life be the proof, 
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You're made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love.

"The Proof of Your Love"
by For King and Country

The song referenced above is a powerful song when we consider the message of the song. If you've never heard it I'd advise you to look it up and give it a listen. The line that always catches my attention when I hear this song is the line "Love is sacrifice." For me that always sends my mind wandering and I usually miss the rest of the song. When you think about love, sacrifice is not something that generally comes to mind. The more we dwell on it the more we realize that at the heart of love is sacrifice. When we pursue that relationship when dating or married we understand that love is sacrifice. We should, but many times we don't, make the necessary sacrifices that result in the best outcome for our better half. We sacrifice out of love for the betterment of our relationship and the one we love. We see this regularly with parents. They love their children and are willing to sacrifice their own pleasures, desires and wills for the benefit of the child or children they love. Love truly is sacrifice.

We see this ideal most clearly through the lens of faith when it comes to God's love for us. God loved us so much He was willing to sacrifice His own Son so we could have salvation. He sacrificed Jesus so that He could show us His love and His desire to be in a relationship with us. The Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is God's love note to mankind. In it He shows us how much He loves us and how much He wants a relationship with us. But what about us? What about our love for God? Do we sacrifice to show our love for God? I'd probably say most, if not all of us, fail to sacrifice to show our love for God. What's the most you've sacrificed to show your love for God lately? When you're honest with yourself has it been more of an inconvenience or has it truly been a sacrifice? My encouragement to you today is to find something in your life to sacrifice to show your love for God. It may be your pride. It may be more of your time. It may be something that only you realize the magnitude of the sacrifice. Then try daily to make a sacrifice to show your love for Him because relationships are a two-way street. It's important for both sides to remember and show that love is sacrifice.

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