October 30, 2020

Romans 12 vs 1: Christians are to offer a Sacrifice of Love

Offering a Sacrifice of Love

Continuation of Romans Chapter 12 v 1 Read previous post. Earlier we had considered the invitation of Apostle Paul to offer our bodies as Living Sacrifices to God.

in that post, we looked at the Sacrifice of our emotions as a Starting place

In this post, we are going to examine another kind of sacrifice that Christians are invited to offer through “the sacrifice of their bodies as Living Sacrifices”’

THE SACRIFICE OF OUR LOVE

The Great Commandment

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 

Jesus answered, 

“The most important is;

‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind and with all your strength.’ 

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 28-30

In the above test, we are convinced that the love of, or love for God should ever be the primary affection of our heart.

This does not presuppose that we are to love our friends, family, brethren, folks or even our Nation less.

WHAT THIS MEANS

As a matter of fact, love of God will galvanize us towards love for these others.

The import of the greatest commandment is that, we should never at any time allow our love for anything, or person or phenomenon to be greater than our love for God.

That is;

“Our love for any other must not compromise our love for God”

Hence if the love of anything, place or person replaces, or reduces our love for God, or prevents us from expressing our Love for God through obedience, that person, place or thing has summarily become a god.

That is Idolatry

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS SET THEIR AFFECTIONS ON

Let us as Christians consider some of the affections of our hearts that have either reduced, replace or inhibits our ability to Love God through obedience to His word and will

  • We set our affections on Economic Power and sufficiency, (Love of Money
  • Power Position, Fame and influence
  • Pleasure
  • Our time, resources, our innate abilities, skills, beauty etc
  • Success
  • Affection for Nature
  • Affection for friends, relatives, associates, career, possessions, etc

while there is nothing wrong with setting one’s mind on, and pursuing vigorously the things that can create temporary happiness for us as we  sojourn through life,  we must never at any time allow these pursuit of accomplishments to replace or diminish our love for the Almighty

Jesus said

He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

When God’s call coincides with our plans, our Family’s or Nation’s, we are invited to sacrifice our Love to God’s request first

To help us offer our Love as a Sacrifice to God

We must set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth. – Colossians 3:2

When we set our hearts on Spiritual things, it becomes almost effortless to offer a sacrifice of our Love to God, because God inherently becomes the essence of our existence

We must not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased’ (Hebrews 13:16).

Doing good and sharing with others our treasures, time, talents and resources is a great sacrifice of Love to God.

Jesus tells us emphatically that the second greatest commandment is to Love our neighbors as ourselves, Mark 12 (28-31), and this is reflected in giving, or doing good to them as occasion demands.

“When we think of how much we owe to Christ, any sacrifice that we can make will seem but a poor and feeble effort to show our gratitude and our love.

Yet we are encouraged to present even our poor sacrifice of love by the assurance that it will be “acceptable unto God.”  C.H.I.

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