Love That Sacrifices, Not Scarifies
Believe it or not, one dictionary meaning of sacrifice is Christ’s offering of Himself in the crucifixion. This is a perfect picture of a sacrifice. And this is what all believers who have pledged their lives to serve the cause of Love have pledged to do.
To make a sacrifice is to give up something of value for the sake of another thing which is considered to be of more value. For someone to give up their life for the sake of love proves that person considers love to be more valuable than their own very life.
Christ considers His love for us to be more valuable than His life or even His most glorious throne as the Most High King. His love is as absolute as you will ever find. Nothing compares to it.
Now, to have been called to match that is indeed a very high calling that should never be taken lightly. He loves us more than Himself! The least we have been commanded is to love our neighbours as ourselves. The very least.
The disheartening thing in today’s church is that sacrificial love is very scarce, even between the brethren. We have, instead, taken on the act of scarifying one another.
What this means is to cut, make incision or to criticise severely and hurtfully. We cut one another down, speak ill of one another behind our backs by and just criticise to the point of hurting one another severely!
It’s time for us to wake up to follow our original calling. The call for every believer in Christ is to practice the same kind of love for other believers, that Christ Himself did. One that sacrifices, not scarifies.
Father, thank You because through the life of Jesus, You demonstrated how to love and have compassion towards one another. Please forgive where we haven’t not followed in His footsteps like you called us to.
Help us to return to being the ones to show the world how to love and be compassionate. How to be merciful. And how to sacrifice ourselves truly so You can use us, in Yeshua’s mighty name. #Selah.
Have a lovely day and stay safe under the blood 🩸 Agape ❤️
*© Tosin Oyelakin 2021*