Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Ephesians 5:2
One of the concepts that I talk with my counseling couples about is sacrificial love. The concept is not new to them, but often they need to be reminded that there cannot be love without sacrifice. Love costs something. In order for a relationship to thrive, there needs to be sacrifice.
Jesus was the great example of this. His love for mankind cost something- the sacrifice of his life. So, there are no shortcuts to loving relationships. Parents well know that it costs a lot to raise kids. Not just the financial costs, but the emotional investment. We make ourselves emotionally vulnerable when we love others because we know that we cannot possess them, and someday, we will lose them. We launch them to the place they need to be to become independent and successful. We invest our time, money, energy, and emotions into the well-being of someone(s) outside of ourselves.
What higher level can humans reach than to pour themselves out for the benefit of others? God gave us the example, and when we follow that, we can live at our highest level.
So, the idea of sacrifice for those we love is obvious, yet we fall back to our selfish nature of wanting what we want when we want it. Yes, the human story. But don’t despair, because this idea of sacrifice is one that we grow into. Hopefully, we have passed it on to our own children, who will pass it in to theirs.
Yes, the circle of life.