Sacrificial Living – CAC Devotional
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Wednesday, October 9, 2019.
Read 1 Samuel 18:1-4
Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1)
Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is the holiest day of the year in Judaism, usually observed with about 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often in synagogue services. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Christ is the real fulfulment of the Day of Atonement.
His wonderful sacrifice is worth emulating. Sacrificial love entails strong feeling of affection and concern towards another person, arising from kinship or close friendship. This can also be described as a kind of love which talks about self-sacrificing. It has to do with pure motivation to alleviate the sufferings of others.
David and Jonathan had strong personal and intimate friendship- sacrificial love (cf. 1 Jn. 3:18). They both had selfless, genuine mutual love that was characterized by giving, just as Jesus Christ gave, emptied Himself to enrich us (2 Cor. 8:9). The friendship between the duo was also characterized by supplication, honesty and modesty. It was void of hatred and jealousy, and as such, filled with kindness and obligation (2 Sam. 9:1ff).
God is not expecting anything less from us, in our relationships. God expects His children to give their all, in form of time, money, prayer, compassion, godly and timely counsels, etc. to fellow brethren. Apostle Paul in 1 Cor. 13:2 harped on true love to God and fellow humans, without which the most glorious gifts we possess will amount to nothing, of no esteem in the sight of God.
Brethren, it is high time we added this virtue, ‘sacrificial love’, to our service to others. If you have an open hand without a liberal and charitable heart, it amounts to nothing. Jesus sacrificed His all for all of us. Should we do anything less?
- Lord, let true love reign in our lives, so that we can in turn, extend it to others.
- Help those who are suffering, O Lord; arise to their aids, now, and relieve them of all their pains.
- Restore Your Church to her original love for You, in which the saints sacrificed their lives for the sake of Your gospel.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Isaiah. 10:3 – 13:9; Ephesians 5:23 – 6:11
Source: Living Water Daily Devotional