Thought For The Day by Al Boulden

1 John 3:16  “This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

Love is more than getting….it is giving. Flowers, candy, jewelry, etc. are nice thoughtful reflections of love.  Most times, they can be given with minimal effort.  But what about sacrificial giving?  Giving when it hurts takes love to a deeper level.  The ultimate sacrifice would be life itself.  Would you die for your spouse or child?  Many would.  Would you die for your faith?  That’s a test many are living today.  What about you?  Christ demonstrated love by giving His life to conquer evil and offer eternal life.  Receiving a gift, especially one that is undeserved, is so enriching.  Pause and reflect on what God did for you. As you receive it, know that the same love resides in your heart.  Let the world see Christ in you and give it to others.

Lord, thank You for loving us so much.  As we comprehend what You did and the eternal implications, we bow and praise You.  Fill us with the same love and empower us to give so others experience the same joy.

Give love today.