Posts Tagged ‘sacrificial love’

Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray.  

While the world perishes, we go our way, 

purposeless, passionless, day after day.  

Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray! (1)

How far do you live beyond yourself?

I am a huge fan of Apple products, but there are two things about the company that bug me.

First , is the initial moniker “i” which identifies their smart phone, tablet computer, music library, and podcast player.

Second, is the “@me.com” network identifier for their email service.

The egocentric nature of these identifying names and titles reminds me that for most of us, our world’s are quite small.  For many the outer limits of our universe is the reach of our arms, or perhaps, the reach of our personal digital imprint.

The Civil Rights Movement has evolved into a Personal Rights Movement.

Community and Team have become secondary to the me, myself, and I.

We have become an entitlement society.

All the while, the world perishes.

When I was a child heroes were those men and women who risked their lives to save others in need.  Today, you are a hero if you have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame or if you win a Reality TV Show contest.

Instead of loving others and dying for them, we expect others to love us and to die for us.

Jesus said, “There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another!” (2)

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  1. The author of this prayer is unknown, from Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1996), 267.
  2. John 15:13

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There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.

Jesus – John 15:13

Love is patient and kind.

Love does not envy or boast.

Love is not arrogant or rude.

Love does not insist on its own way.

Love is not irritable or resentful.

Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing.

Love rejoices with the truth.

Love bears all things.

Love believes all things.

Love hopes all things.

Love endures all things.

Love never ends.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

George Matheson wrote, “If I would know the love of my friend, I must see what it can do in the winter.  Will I love him in his own night?”  

Sentimentality, rather than sacrificial love, has become the scent of Valentine’s Day.  Wear red, send a hallmark, choose chocolate, sparkle a diamond, rent some roses, and if you have the patience of Job, go out to dinner.

By tomorrow’s sunrise, the perfume will have drifted away, it’s fragrance faded from memory.

The scent of love is nothing compared to the sacrifice of love.

May your Valentine’s Day love be filled with the fragrance of sacrifice and may it endure your love’s night.

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