Sacrificial Love (1)

Tuesday 28th March 2017

‘Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ… a sacrifice… a pleasing aroma to God.’ Ephesians 5:2 NLT

You’ll never become ‘like sweet perfume’ to God without sacrifice, which means paying the price to love others. Loving others doesn’t mean a whole lot if we only love the people we choose, on our own terms, at a convenient time, place, occasion and in a cosy room with big cushions and the right temperature. Loving people who are different to us – a little weird, funny looking, less confident, more confident – but loving them despite all of this, now that’s the challenge! To love people the way Jesus did goes right against the grain of what we experience in life.

It’s easy to think that some people are naturals when it comes to loving. We think they’re just ‘nice’ and wish we could be more like them. Anyone who thinks along these lines is just using it as an excuse to not be loving. They think it’s ok and that they don’t need to change because, ‘That’s just the way I am, can’t help it. Always have been, always will be.’

Jesus made it very clear how we are supposed to love: ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you…’ (John 13:34 NIV). Notice the words ‘As I have loved you’. Jesus loves us no matter who we are or what we’ve done or how weird we behave! He knows the worst about us and believes the best, and that’s how we should love one another.

So what now? ‘Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ’ (Ephesians 5:2 NLT).