I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

Just as one man’s sin (Adam’s) brought condemnation to the world, so one Man’s righteousness (Jesus’s) brought salvation to those who believe (Rom. 5:12–19). Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

John makes it more practical when he says, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). This won’t likely mean literal death, but as we align our lives with Jesus’s example of sacrificial love, we find that we are “laying down our lives.” For instance, we might choose to deprive ourselves of material goods in order to share them with others (v. 17) or make time to be with someone who needs comfort and companionship.

Who do you need to sacrifice for today? 

In what ways have others sacrificed for your well-being?

When I read this it truly blessed me today. I took a moment and instantly thought of the many people in my life that have sacrificed, sacrificed time and material good to comfort me and help me in times of need and continue to. I am blessed beyond measure to be surrounded by family and friends who care so much. May I in return pay it forward to those in need. May I show love and appreciation for all the good in my life, family and friends included. Thank You Lord for laying down your life for me. Your love is unmeasurable. Amen!

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is 1 John 3:16-17