No Greater Love

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Ask the Lord for a full understanding and appreciation for what Jesus did on the cross.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” —John 15:13 (niv)

My father was a soldier who fought in World War II. He survived, but many of his friends did not. The “greater love” of Christ was more than just a concept to my father; it was part of his daily life for more than two years.

Ten years after the war, Dad taught me to play baseball, but my friends and I preferred playing army. We killed one another with imaginary guns and then went home and ate supper. Can you learn anything about ultimate sacrifice or the price of liberty by playing army? I don’t think so. Fortunately, the young people in our lives can teach us about our parents’ sacrifices long after they are gone.

Antony, who is an exchange student from Taiwan, stayed with friends of mine for a year. He was so intrigued by American freedom that he decided to return the next year. Antony enrolled in the local college’s semester abroad program this spring and is studying in France. He sent a postcard to my friends of the thousands of white crosses at the Cimeti`ere Am´ericain overlooking Omaha Beach. On the other side Antony wrote, “You won’t actually understand the real meaning of liberty and how pricey it is until you stand in front of this cemetery.”

I suspect Antony, like my father, has gained a deeper understanding of the greater love of Christ.

Dear God, thank You for people who teach us to fully appreciate what Your Son did for us.
Digging Deeper: Lk 22:42; Jn 3:16

Written by Tim Williams

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