Deny Yourself To Love

13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13

Love is setting aside your own desires, your own preservation for the preservation of the one that you love. Love also does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. So, we can then understand that Jesus wasn’t just saying the greatest love is just a physical death or sacrifice for your friend, but a spiritual death or sacrifice for your friend.

24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Galatians 5:24

According to Paul, when you love someone, you will do whatever you have to do so that you can have a relationship with them. Love is when you sacrifice your own desire, your own wants, your own feelings for the desires, wants, and feelings of the one you love. Jesus prayed that He wouldn’t have to go to the cross; nevertheless, the Father’s will would be done. Jesus wasn’t just a little nervous about the cup that He was about to drink; according to Luke’s account, He sweated drops of blood.

Jesus denied His will, His desire to live because He understood that there was only one way to save us. He was and is our only perfect sacrifice. The price he paid on the cross was the epitome of love. This is why we now crucify our flesh and present ourselves as a living sacrifice Holy and pleasing to God according to Romans 12:1 and 1 Peter 2:4-6 because the way we live our lives is the only we can truly love Him.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Deny Yourself To Love.

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