“Tj when we get home do you care taking Moose out to go potty while I hop in the shower?” (moose is our puppy)
….. It wasn’t that he said sure. But it was the way he said it.
We got home, he took Moose outside and I got in the shower seriously debating on whether or not to leave him any hot water (I’m a monster, I know.)
While I was in there debating on whether or not to give into my pride I remembered something I had read earlier today in A Woman’s Walk With GOD by Elizabeth George.
“Love is the sacrifice of self.”
Earlier today when I was reading that book in my room, cup of coffee in my hand. It seemed like a great concept and all. But now a couple hours later, I’m not so sure…
The truth is, I knew this for awhile. God is love. God sent his only Son to die. Jesus sacrificed his life for us. As a Christian I am suppose to show His love to everyone around me. It just never really clicked until today that love is sacrificing my pride, my comfort, my energy, my time, my rest, my wants, my needs, my opinions, my desires, for someone elses.
Matthew 20:28 “even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
True love is not self seeking.
William Barclay said “Love means that no matter what a man may do to us by way of insult or injury or humiliation we will never seek anything else but his highest good…never..seek anything but the best even for those who seek the worst for us.”
Ephesians 5:22 “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.”
As wife I am called to put Tj’s needs before mine. Not because I love him, but because I am suppose to demonstrate God’s love for him. The only way I will ever be able to truly love someone is if it is from God. Not only that, but because I love God, I should want to love others.
Maybe you don’t have a husband. But if you are a Christian, this still applies to you. We are called to love our neighbors, our enemies, our friends, our family, that mean lady in the checkout line, the annoying co-worker, the bully at school or work, etc…. (John 13:34) (Matthew 5:43-45)
But if you aren’t saved and you never received Christ into your heart, then you don’t know what true love is. You can’t truly love someone.
Whenever Jesus died on the cross to take the payment for our sins, and He rose again in three days, He showed us the greatest act of self-sacrificing love. He literally sacrficed himself for our sake. If you want self sacrificing love in your life, if you want to love someone with a self-sacrificing love, you can only do that if you received it from God himself by admiting that you are a sinner worthy of death, and that you believe Jesus was the Son of God and rose from the dead.
Romans 3:23-24 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
So, yes I love Tj. But I don’t always love him like I suppose to.
I don’t think I had a choice in falling in love with TJ (that was God’s plan). But I do have a choice in loving him everyday with a self sacrificing love that can only come from God.