I recently heard it said that when we as people encounter a problem, we sacrifice another person. We see this all the time in politics, business, and in the blame game we all play when things do not go our way. Conversely, when we had a problem (our sin), God sacrificed himself in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.
When is the last time we really sacrificed ourselves for another? For example, allowed the young mother with a baby and toddler to go ahead of us in the grocery store line. Or, accepted the blame for something instead of assessing it to someone else. Maybe, taken the time to talk to the older man or woman who looks like they would enjoy some conversation. Possibly, willingly gave up the closest parking space to another. Chose to speak with understanding and kindness to the waiter who messed up our order. Exhibited grace to someone we did not need to be gracious to. Lastly, genuinely looked at ways to love the neighbor who has been unkind and insensitive to us.
The Bible tells us that, “they will know we are the disciples of Jesus by our love”. This verse speaks nothing about our rhetoric or our political stance. Of course, there is a time to open our mouths and proclaim Jesus as our Savior. However, a good place to start is by earning respect and trust by loving. As Christ followers, I believe we should excell at loving. Pray we love genuinely and without limits…because God’s love for us is without limit!
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34