When reading an article by Jim Dennison from the “Dennison Forum”, I was encouraged and challenged by a reference he made to one of Anne Graham Lotz’s email devotionals. In her writing, Mrs. Lotz reflected on John 15:13, where Jesus tells us, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Anne writes:
“Our first concern is for our own well-being and having our own needs met, and we love others in proportion to the extent they fulfill those purposes. Our second concern is that others respond positively to our overtures; if they don’t, we refuse to continue to love them.
But Jesus outlined a radically different kind of love—a love that puts the needs and well-being of others before our own to the extent we would sacrifice our time, our energy, our money, and our thoughts in order to demonstrate it. We are to demonstrate it to others whom we may not like or with whom we may be incompatible or who respond negatively or who may never do anything for us in return! Now that’s radical!”
How radical will you be today?