Todays Devotion: Sacrificial Love … “Our lives must be characterized by love following the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord! We are to display the same love for one another that Jesus has for us by giving of ourselves totally and completely to others.”

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Friends“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor.”  (Ephesians 5:2)

Love. Our lives must be characterized by love following the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord!  We are to display the same love for one another that Jesus has for us by giving of ourselves totally and completely to others.  The depth of His love was so great that He was willing to lay down His live and give Himself up to death on our account.  Our love for one another should be such that we would be willing to do the same thing for them … allow their will to be done in the place of ours!

The sweet-smelling savor relates to the offering of incense the priests would make to the Lord. The offering of Christ to God was like that pleasant smell. His total obedience pleased the Father and made the way for the salvation of all.

All in all, today’s verse speaks to us of a love which is so complete, so pure, and so sacrificial … a love which is passed on to us.  A love so undeserved yet given to us so freely.  A love for which we praise our Lord Jesus Christ.  He’s the Lamb that was Slain. He’s the Risen Lord and Saviour.  He is Love!

Love Him today and it will be easier to love all those around you and it will be easier for all those around you to love you in return.  And, above all, the Lord will be pleased with the sweet-smelling savor produced by your sacrificial love one toward another.  Amen.

Father, may my life be a sweet-smelling savor unto you.  Help me to love those around me as Christ has shown His love toward me—a sacrificial, total love that surpasses all knowledge or comprehension.  Thank You, Lord, for all You have done for me.  As I contemplate Your, I pray you will help me gain a greater understanding of the price You paid to purchase my redemption. I am so unworthy, Lord. Remembering your sacrifice is so humbling! I can’t say it enough … Thank You!

“But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.”  (Philippians 4:18)

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“We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it.” This quote by P. F. Bresee sums up the motive of Jan’s heart. Whether through her speaking, teaching, pen and paper, her trusty laptop, or music score, spreading the Gospel is of paramount importance. Whether a Bible study, devotional, short story, poem, website copy, testimonies, or new songs from the depth of her heart in worship, the presentation of the Gospel creativity flows from her heart with passion, purpose, and proof that the Lord is the central focus of her entire life. Jan’s heart beats in constant rhythm of encouragement for today along with hope for tomorrow based on her love for the Word of God, His Body, and those who have yet to hear the the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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