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To Give What We Cannot Keep

“Greater love hath no man than this, 
that a man lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13

Recently, I was watching a documentary reporting on a severe tornado in the Midwestern United States. The whole area was devastated beyond recognition. Where homes and buildings once stood, only piles of debris remained.

One of the first responders described the scene he found in a school that had been demolished. There amongst the debris he saw three small children huddled together, still covered by the body of a teacher who had thrown herself over them to shield them from the storm that took her life.

We know there are many heroes in the world who go into burning buildings and pull out people from explosive vehicles, who dive into icy waters to save people that they may not even know. This is the ultimate demonstration of love for others.

It is this same love that God the Father had when He sent His only Son to be our salvation. It is the same love That Jesus Christ demonstrated on the cross, when He willingly took our place to die for our sins and trespasses.

God proved His love for each one of us. He proved that it is without measure, and that His followers should strive to love so completely. We must deny ourselves, take up our own crosses and follow Him in this life.

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” - Matthew 16:25

Missionary, Jim Elliot who died in Ecuador, had already settled this in his mind before he was martyred. He said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”.

Some of us as Christians may be required to give our lives for Christ’s sake, but we also need to be willing to lay down our plans, desires and our own wills every day in order to obey our Lord Jesus and to trust in Him totally. We need to pray that we will be able to stand strong when the time comes.

My prayer for strength:

Dear Father,
Teach us Your ways, that we may please You. Help us to stand strong in love, faith and hope during these most perilous times.
Fill us anew with Your Holy Spirit and Your power to be overcomers in this life. In the name of Jesus Christ and all for Your honor and glory, amen.

Ms. Peggy Kannaday resides in Ft. Mill, SC.

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