Friday, April 6, 2012
Verse for Today - 1 John 3:16 (click to read mini-blog)
"This is how we know what love is:laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."
Read all of 1 John 3
This verse fits pretty well for Good Friday. This passage is thematically connected to yesterday's (2 Cor. 5:15). The Apostle Paul said the love of God compels us that we should not live for ourselves but for Christ who gave himself for us.
Well, today's verse... another John 3:16 verse, speaks of this very thing. We know what love is by the willing self-sacrifice of the Savior. Because He lived and died for us, we, if need be, should be willing to live and even die for others.
This thinking is revolutionary. It takes our eyes off of ourselves, our happiness, our lives; and places them on others. Instead, we will seek to serve and build up others. We as servants are not greater than our Master. The Lord Jesus explained it this way: (Mark 10:45; Matthew 20:28):
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”