In the Word
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Of the Word
Sacrifice is defined as the surrender of one thing for the sake of another. It is a term that makes many uncomfortable because it often involves giving up something that is very precious.
We are motivated to sacrifice for others by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us. He came to earth to give Himself unto death on the cross for the salvation of all. He gave wholly of His love and always looks for ways to serve His friends on this earth. His love for us fills us with love for others.
Parents make sacrifices for the sake of the family. They lovingly give their time and resources for their children’s welfare. Jesus empowers parents to love sacrificially, beyond themselves, through the love He has given us all.
Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Read the newspaper or listen to a newscast with your child and find an example of sacrifice. Then discuss it together.
Walking with my Lord
Sacrificing Savior, You gave Yourself into punishment and death on the cross for me. Make me ready to sacrifice anything that would keep me from believing in You. In Your ever-giving name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 11/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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