Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of Love

[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of JesusHebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

"This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." 

Jesus models sacrificial love and expects us to love like He loves. The verse most people quote from the New Testament is John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. This sacrifice of God is the greatest example of love. 1 John 3:16 reminds - We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Scripture tells us over and over to love God, to love with our whole heart, to love one another. It also reminds us not to love the world or the things of the world. Love comes from God, and we know how to love because God loves us. If we love, God abides with us. Genuine, sincere love marks the heart of a Christian. For us today, to lay down our lives for another can mean that we simply postpone an errand, decide to skip a movie, or lay down any personal agenda to help another in need.
  • What is your favorite Scripture about love? 
  • Have you ever put down your own life moments to lift up another"? What did you do?

Father, love sounds so right and feels so good, but sometimes it is so hard to do. Touch my eyes to see others as you see them. Help me love like You love. - dho

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