John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
What does it mean to lay down our lives?
Shamefully, for years I struggled with being very selfish of my time..I guarded it closely and found that I was not willing to give up my time for others..I would be more than willing to physically die for them, but I would not change my plans for them. Actually, I even got very angry with my husband when he would take time from me or my children to do things for others..
However, God began to work on my heart through these verses as well as Jesus' example laid out before us in the Bible..He convicted me of the fact that laying down my life meant more than just physically dying for others. Yes, Jesus laid down His life, physically for us, but He also gave of His life..specifically His time..
Jesus forfeited His own time of resting and even eating for others that followed Him..He gave of Himself even when He was tired and stopped in the middle of His journeys to teach and heal..How can I do less? How can I not give up some sleep, a shopping trip, or any leisure time? It is about more than my physical life or my possessions, it is giving of myself..
Matthew 14:13 ¶ When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
Has anyone else struggled with this? Any verses you have found helpful?