Day 270: Sacrificial Love

The Daily Word: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
Isaiah 51:1-53:12
Ephesians 5:1-33
Psalm 69:19-36
Proverbs 24:7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. – Eph 5:2

Love is a sacrifice. It’s not always easy! When we love other people well, it is an “offering and a sacrifice” to God: a sweet-smelling aroma that rises up to Him. To “walk in love” means to give ourselves for others – to put their life ahead of our own – just as Jesus gave Himself for us. When we love well, it gets God’s attention!

As we study the Scriptures, we see that every sacrifice brings redemption. When the Jewish people offered Old Testament sacrifices, they were redeemed to God. When Jesus died on the Cross, He redeemed us to God. And when you love other people, you are inviting redemption to take place: not only in your own life, but also in the lives of the people whom you love!

Love isn’t always easy; but it is always worth it.

Prayer:

Father, teach me how to love other people better. Today I want to love better than I did yesterday, and I know Your Holy Spirit is the only One who can teach me how to love well!

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