Ephesians 5:2 NLT
“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
Love grows in an environment of sacrifice and more importantly, God’s love grows in me as I choose to follow Jesus sacrificial example. Last week, while I was in the middle of getting ready for and hosting a conference a friend had no way of getting her children to school. I had room in my car and her house wasn’t out of the way but I almost hesitated because I value my quiet (alone time) drive into town, especially during a very busy week. Jesus was the perfect example of sacrificial love yet we often we spend our energies focused on ourselves. Our culture is very ‘me–centered’ so we are supported in our self focused approach to life. We can be like children who love receiving attention but it’s when we are mature that we understand the joy in giving. When we intentionally choose to put others first through sacrifice we experience the joy of giving that comes from mature love and by it we are promised a life filled with love.