Sacrifices

Don’t forget to do good things for others and to share what you have with them. These are the kinds of sacrifices that please God.
—Hebrews 13:16

My heart is full tonight.

Quite unexpectedly, I was given a gift as an expression of love. 

The gift was selfless and caring, and I knew that it took many, many hours of work to earn its purchase. 

So, what did I do when I received it? 

I cried. 

I hugged. 

I said, “I love you!”

The passage above from the book of Hebrews tells us to do good things for others and to share what we have with them. 

It also states that these are the kinds of sacrifices that please God. 

God Himself continues to do good things for us every day. 

He shares all of His creation with us. 

He gives us unconditional love and offers us forgiveness. 

He sent His Son, Jesus, to die as a sacrifice for our sins, so that all who believe could spend eternity with Him. 

Since God has done so much for me, I want to please Him and show my gratefulness and gratitude. 

I was shown love tonight. 

I think God was pleased with that act of love. 

God wants me to show love to others. 

This is just one way that I can please Him. 

Lifted Up

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Jesus had this to say:

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.”

Jesus is the Son of Man. He was speaking about Himself.

He knew that He was going to be lifted up on a cross.

He knew that He would be paying the price for all our sin.

He knew that anyone who believed in Him and accepted this gift would have eternal life.

He knew that if you believed, you would live forever with Him someday.

If you believed.

Many people pass churches where crosses are fully visible.

They walk or drive past reminders of the love of Jesus.

He knew that if you believed, you would live forever with Him someday.

If you believed.

And now, the most important question—

Do you believe?

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