“We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters..” (1 John 3:16 NLT)
Hello, family, I read this and it struck me different. Normally I take in the context of me actually dying for another brother or sister in Christ. It is more than that. It can be applied while we are very much alive.
Scenario: you got a big meeting to get to and you are running late. A friend calls asking you for a ride you normally say yes, but you got this meeting to get to. But the Holy Spirit tells you to give them a ride. So you give them a ride then head to your meeting. That is laying down your life for your Christian Brother and sister.
There were times Christ was physically tired and wanted to rest, but there were people that needed to be ministered too. So He put his rest on hold to teach and serve. Give up your life is not always in the literal context. There will be a situation that will arise when it is not convenient for you to help, but God wants you to help. Lay your life down and serve in the kingdom of God.
Much Love & God Bless
Music to Listen to: Calvary [Official Lyric Video] - Hillsong Worship