Sacrificial Love

I wrote this blog last night at 3am after not being able to sleep. I thought it was the Chinese I ate (and it may have been) but after insomnia set in I started praying and talking to God and I just had to write this. 

I thought this was an appropriate photo: God loves the nerd in all of us 😉

I have been on a journey, learning about sacrificial love. By no means do I understand the full extent of what that means…but I think I have begun to define it (working definition only)…

It means it holds no wrongs.
It means that it accepts the other person, their faults, their funny habits and the way they show love.
It means fighting with someone.
It may even mean letting them go (whether for a season or forever, and being gracious when and if they come back).
It means helping someone for no reason but to alleviate pain or suffering.
It means looking at someones best.

Sacrificial love means (to me) more than loving unconditionally, it means there is no “get out clause” in any circumstance. This may come in many forms, honouring your parents even in times you don’t agree with their choices, it could mean letting a relationship go for the better of that person, it may even mean not asking why. In the case of Bonhoeffer it meant risking his life. 

God loves you like that. He gave up everything for you, so you could know HIS great, astounding, unending and complete love. He has no “get out clause”. He doesn’t mark down every time you pray or how you pray or if you read your bible today. He loves you, fights for you, wants you near.

I don’t know what I do if I didn’t know the love of God, His grace, His mercy, His comfort. Frankly I’d be more of a wreck then I am. I am so thankful that He gave it all so that I would have hope and know love.

I hope you know Him…and that through His sacrifice, that you live a life beyond anything you ever imagined.

John 3:17-18 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

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