Daily Bread – JESUS.CHRIST.Greater.LOVE.Die.4.Each.Other.
Greater LOVE hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Our faith itself is the gift of GOD’s LOVE, most obviously demonstrated through the self-sacrifice of JESUS for the forgiveness of our sin. It is truly remarkable that JESUS sacrificed himself for us when we were separated from him as sinners. We are united to JESUS as a result of his great LOVE for us. As you pray, remember that JESUS died for us when we were sinners who had rejected him. As you remember the LOVE that GOD has shown for us in this remarkable sacrifice, give thanks for the gift of fellowship that comes from being united to CHRIST through faith. Pray that you would demonstrate the same LOVE to others that He has shown to you, and ask GOD to help you discern specific opportunities to do so.
What would you be willing to do for your best friend? How far would you be willing to go to help him or her? In our best moments, we might be willing to sacrifice a lot for the good of our close friends, but would you ever be willing to die for one? This is what makes JESUS’s sacrifice for us so powerful. He died for us when we were sinners. This means he died for us when we were His enemies. JESUS did not die for us because we were his friends – he died for us so that we might become his friends. Can you imagine dying for your enemies? Can you believe that this is exactly what JESUS did for you?
Daily Bread – JESUS.CHRIST.Come After.me.Deny.Self.Take.up.his.Cross.Follow.me.
Matthew 16:24 Then JESUS told his disciples, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. #Bible http://mydailybible.org/dv/esv/2015-02-14.htm