Giving When It Counts
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John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
For God so loved the world, that he gave…The primary expression of love, is giving…
Sitting here working, with my beautiful daughter Keila, and we read this story together.
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”.
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
We are called to love, even when it seems brutally hard.
Keila explained to me about ‘toddler love’. You see, when two big people get together, they have a hard time loving and trusting each other, but watch two toddlers meet for the first time. They hug, laugh, and play together. Yep, we need some ‘toddler love’!
Love never fails….
‘Father, help us to love, unselfishly, simply because You love us. Thank you Lord Jesus, for showing us how, Amen!”