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Giving our life to others is love.
Christ gave His life for us on the cross, yes. He also gave His life every day He walked the earth. Jesus set an example for us on how to live. To imitate Him, we must die to ourselves every day.
“Don’t act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves.” (Phil 2:3 GW)
In God’s eyes, we are all equal. When we place our trust in Him, we acknowledge His ways are better than ours. Jesus put others before Himself; we’re to do the same. The longer I practice Jesus’s teaching in my life, the more I begin to understand His love.
Love can’t help but give.
Love isn’t something that dies. The visual of Jesus hanging on the cross, innocent, yet condemned, is the greatest act of giving anyone could do. God gave His Son so we could have life. Jesus is the translator of God’s affection for us. His Spirit lives within us, guiding and directing us through our days. When we tap into the living water, we find ourselves giving more, not less.
My pastor used an analogy this week that hit home. He was asked the question: “How do you know if someone has given their life to Christ?” His answer was profound, “If someone has become a Christ-follower, how could you not know?”
Following Jesus changes who you are. Spiritual guidance helps you find victory over your instincts. Understanding love will make you want to give. People will notice the difference.
Lord, how grateful we are for another day to pursue You. Forgive us for the times we lose the battle over our flesh. Help us forgive ourselves, just as You have forgiven us. Lord, give us a greater understanding of Your love for us today. Let us receive your affection deep within our soul. Allow the truth of your love for us to take root and blossom within us. Then let us give freely to others what You have given us. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
Who can you share love with today?