Sacrificial Love – John 15:12-14

Sacrificial Love – John 15:12-14

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:12-14)

Reflection:

Jesus Christ has given us an example to follow. He wants us to love one another even as he has loved us. As Jesus gave up his life for us, he wants us to do the same for one another. True love is not a cheap, shallow sentiment; it is costly. When we love others the way Christ loved us, we will need to sacrifice some things or even many things. But loving others this way changes us and makes us more like Christ.

Prayer:

Lord, teach me to love others as you have loved me.

Life Application:

Typically, when we think of loving another, we think of flowery sentiments and how loving another will make us happy. If you are going to become a person who lives by true Christ-like love, then you will need to learn to sacrifice. For example, if we are to love someone as a friend, then we must make ourselves available to them, which may require a sacrifice of our time. If we are to love another as a husband or wife and enter into the covenant of marriage, this will require the sacrifice of other relationships. If God blesses us with children, we will have to sacrifice many things, and give our time and energy to the raising of our children. While loving others may ultimately give us something in return, the reward is inconsequential. We love others for their sake and not for ours. If you can understand this, then begin to count your sacrifice as a joy. Surrender any expectation of “getting something out of the relationship.” True love needs nothing in return.