June 1st E-votional

There have been two separate events on my mind from the past week.  The first is Memorial Day this past Monday.  Many people treat Memorial Day as just a three day weekend, forgetting that it is a day that is set aside to remember the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.

The other event that has been on my mind is the tragic events in Portland, Oregon last Friday.  A man was verbally berating two women riding a commuter train.  When three men tried to intervene, the man stabbed them, killing two of them.

Between Memorial Day and the murders in Portland, I have been thinking about self-sacrifice.  Too often in society, it is about what we can do or what is in it for us.   We often approach life from a very selfish point of view.  Unfortunately, this goes counter to the Gospel.

As Christians, we follow the one who came not to be served, but to serve, the one who taught “those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”  John 13:34 tells us that we should love one another as Christ loved us while 1 John 3:16 tells us “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.”

When we think of the soldiers who gave their lives for us or the two men who died protecting two teenagers, we should look at them as inspirations for our walk with Christ.  We should be inspired to be more Christ like.  We should be inspired to be less selfish.  We should be inspired to think of others more.  We should be inspired to be more like Christ, who laid down his life for all of us.

John 15:13 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

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