Tuesday, December 12 – Ruth 1:16-17

Dec 11, 2023

But Ruth said, “Do not plead with me to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you sleep, I will sleep. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do so to me, and worse, if anything but death separates me from you.”

 

There many things a parent sacrifices from the moment their child is born. They sacrifice sleep, finances, and more to serve the new baby. Most take on this sacrifice gladly, taking on this new identity of a life marked by sacrifice for the ones they are raising up. There is something special about that kind of love. It is not a love of convenience or emotion; it is steady and perseveres. Ruth and Naomi were family by marriage but in Ruth’s commitment to Naomi, she showed even in the place of loss and destitution, they were family with a bond not marked by convenience but an unchanging commitment, regardless of their circumstances.

 

It is not easy for us to love others this way. It is difficult for us to even see things from another person’s perspective at times. Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:12-13, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that a person will lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus is the greatest example of sacrificial love in the history of the world. As His followers, we are to lay down our preferences and conveniences to love others with the same love we have seen in Christ. This is the love our world needs. This is the kind of supernatural love that honors our heavenly Father and gives glory to Him.

 

  • When has someone loved you sacrificially? How did that impact you?
  • What makes it difficult to love others this way?
  • Pray and ask God to fill you with His sacrificial love and ask for the Holy Spirit to equip you to love others that way.
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