It was not an easy thing to do. But Jesus did it anyway. He died on a cross in obedience to the will of God and because of his love for us.

Paul calls that act “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Anytime we choose to do the will of God and obey what he has told us to do, it is an act of sacrifice to God.

There was a time I received a call from a sister in Christ who needed help. She was not feeling well. I had just arrived at home and was very tired. I could have decided to use that as an excuse and just pray with her over the phone. But instead, I went to meet with her. Glory to God, she was strengthened.

Sometimes, God asks us to go out of our way to show his love to others. Just as Jesus gave himself for us, we need to give ourselves to others in the Spirit's strength. It might be giving our time, a listening ear, or words of encouragement when we least expect it. Whatever it is, love will place specific demands on us to give to others.

We are to walk in love towards people, regardless of who we think they are. Whenever we choose not to walk in love towards those the Lord has placed on our path, we deny God of a fragrant offering and sacrifice. Let’s take a moment to think about that.

Dear Lord Jesus, please help me to continually follow your example of love, by sacrificially giving myself for others in your strength, knowing your Spirit gives me all I need to obey. Amen.

Go Deeper — the next time you are tempted not to walk in love, remember how Jesus sacrificed comfort for your sake. Then choose to love by faith, even if it’s uncomfortable.

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