No Greater Love

By Nancy Virden (c)2021

Sacrifice. No gift is sacrificial if it does not cost the giver anything. The term sacrifice also implies a costly gift, one the giver could only attain by laying aside something valuable to himself.

You’ve heard the story of the woman who sold her luscious hair to afford a chain for her husband’s watch, only to find he’d sold his watch to buy a fancy comb for her hair. This story about giving is a sampling of sacrifice. Each spouse valued what they sold, but held the other in even higher esteem.

When Jesus taught about love, he referred to sacrifice. According to his words and example, love is the willingness to give up whatever one values for the sake of another. For example, he mocked rich religious leaders who hypocritically gave a percentage of all their wealth. He honored a woman who gave up all she had to live on.

So it is with soldiers whose lives are given for our freedoms. Their sacrifices cost them everything. There is no higher price.

Jesus said such when he was talking to his disciples. They did not quite yet understand that he was referring to his love for them when he stated, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” He went on to encourage them to love each other in the same way.

This Memorial Day and always, regardless our political or societal views, we must honor the deaths of veterans who fought on our behalf. There is no greater love. -COMMENTS WELCOME

Today’s Helpful Word

John 15:13 NLT

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

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