Would you give up your own life for another?

“We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That’s why we must give our lives for each other.”        1 John 3:16 CEV

An Internet Poll  at Godlike productions asked the question, “Would you give up your life to save another?”

It was interesting to note that 23 of the individuals answering the question were sure they would give up their lives for another. Twelve of those  said yes with no qualifying remarks.The rest said they would give up their lives for a family member  or someone close to them.

The second largest category ( 16 answers) were those who avoided the question  altogether by  raising more hypothetical questions, discussing the other answers, name calling and putting people down for their responses,

Two were honest enough to admit they didn’t know what they would do in certain circumstances and 5 were adamant that their own self-preservation was more important to them.

How would you answer that question? Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do in a life or death situation.

But our verse-of-the-day talks about more than just that split-second decision to jump in and save another person from certain death. It’s also speaking of having a “Mother Teresa heart.” Being the kind of person who consistently  puts the needs and welfare of others above their own.

Consider this: Jesus ministered for three years weeping for, loving, healing, teaching and touching the lives of those around him – even those whom he considered to be enemies – before he actually died for them. The daily interaction with people was just as much a part of giving up his life as his physical death.

Lord, I fail so often when it comes to giving up my life  for others. Forgive me and help me to be more like you – loving, praying for others and denying my own comfort on a daily basis. Amen.

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About Bonnie Winters

I am a Pastor's Wife, Mom, Grandmom, writer, and crafter who loves God with all my heart! Life has been an interesting Journey, so why not pull up a comfy chair, grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and let's just share awhile!
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