Have Faith - October Edition

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Reflections, thoughts and Prayers to help you get through your day.

Day 3

No greater love than he who lays down his life...

Love...

Probably the strongest emotion we possess is

love. It defines who we are as humans and

provides the foundation for everything that we

do. It's power can blow us away, it's very infectious

and no matter how much of it we give

away we always have it in abundance. It is our

greatest possession, the greatest gift we have

been given and the best present we can give

each other. Soldiering is not thought of as an

occupation connected to love but I found a

passage in the Bible that threw that notion out

of the window for me but at the same time

captured the very essence of a soldier.

"Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay

down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).

When I read this two thoughts come to mind.

Firstly, the love that servicemen have in their

hearts that not only are they willing to lay down

their lives for their friends but also for people

they do not know. That is some powerful love.

Secondly, I got to thinking about Jesus giving

up his life in such a horrific way just so our

wrong doings could be forgiven. Now Jesus

knew what needed to be done when he was

1 Corinthians: 13

condemned, he knew that he was going to die

in total agony. He had chance after chance to

get himself off the hook during his trial yet because

of the love that filled his heart he chose

to die to save us all. He took all of the sins that

we commit, have committed and will commit

to the cross with him and bore the pain so we

wouldn't have to. To me, Jesus is the ultimate

soldier and the greatest of heroes. Also imagine

how God's heart was breaking when he

witnessed all of this. Of course, this had to

happen to save us all but why would he go to

the extreme of seeing his only son suffer so

much for the sake of others. Because he loves

us so much, that's why. He loves us so much

that he gives us this unending supply of love

to give to each other. He wants us to spread it

around and give it away freely. It truly is the

most precious gift we have. But because it is

so precious we must protect it and ensure that

it never dies. We must protect it like a soldier

protects his medals. After all, love is the reward

for our battle against sin won for us by

the ultimate soldier.

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