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In His Presence #25: Sacrificial Love

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You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6).

Read: Romans 5:1-11

“How are you doing?” I asked my pregnant daughter when she called after her seven-month checkup.

” OK, I guess.” Her voice sounded flat. She paused. “The doctor put me on bed rest so the baby won’t come too early.”

I sighed. That wasn’t what I wanted to hear. We had prayed she would get through this pregnancy without the complications of the last one. Now with two-year-old Peter to care for, how could she rest? Although barely recovered from my own lengthy illness, I offered to help her. After all, she was my daughter, and I loved her.

I made the hour-long drive to her home several days a week to help with meals, housework, and caring for Peter. My home chores remained undone while I completed hers. One day as I left her home, I said to her, “I’m investing in the life of my unborn grandson. Otherwise, he might not have a life.”

Later, as I reflected on this statement, I realized that’s what Christ did for us. He invested in our lives before we were born or born again so we could have abundant life on earth. But more importantly, so we could have eternal life. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). Why did he die for us? To demonstrate his love (v. 8).

I made a small sacrifice of time and energy to help my daughter, but Jesus made the supreme sacrifice by giving his life. As we remember His death and Easter resurrection, let’s rejoice in His ultimate sacrifice for us motivated by love.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for demonstrating your wonderful sacrificial love. While I was an undeserving sinner, you died for me. Thank you for giving me life by giving up your own.

Lydia E. Harris enjoys celebrating Easter and other occasions with her family of two married children and five grandchildren, now aged two to teen. She is passionate about sharing Jesus with her grandchildren and has written a Bible study to help other grandparents pass on a godly legacy. Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey is suitable for individual or group study.

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Reading God’s Story Schedule today, 4/05/13: I Samuel 13-16.

4/06/13: I Samuel 17-20 & Psalm 59.          4/07/13: I Samuel 21-24 & Psalm 91.

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About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

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Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

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