John NIV love friendship. And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians NIV love Jesus. So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Hebrews NIV sin salvation. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. Luke NIV life. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Proverbs NIV honesty righteousness. Matthew NIV mercy righteousness repentance. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Mark NIV humility Jesus salvation. Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus NIV purification goodness sin.
They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. Matthew NIV suffering easter. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.
Proverbs NIV money giving harvest. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? When they reached Mount Moriah, Isaac carried the wood and Abraham carried the fire and the knife to the place where they were to build the altar. He bound Isaac and laid him upon the wood.
He then took the knife to kill Isaac. Abraham must have been overcome with joy when he was no longer required to sacrifice his son. But he loved the Lord so much that he was willing to do anything the Lord asked. What examples of sacrifice have you observed in the lives of people you know? What examples of sacrifice have you seen in the lives of your ancestors? What have you learned from these examples? Only through sacrifice can we become worthy to live in the presence of God. Only through sacrifice can we enjoy eternal life.
Many who have lived before us have sacrificed all they had. We must be willing to do the same if we would earn the rich reward they enjoy. We may not be asked to sacrifice all things. But like Abraham, we should be willing to sacrifice everything to become worthy to live in the presence of the Lord.
Some have suffered hardship and ridicule for the gospel. Some new converts to the Church have been cut off from their families. Lifetime friends have turned away.
Some members have lost their jobs; some have lost their lives. As our testimonies of the gospel grow, we become able to make greater sacrifices to the Lord. Note the sacrifices made in these true examples:. A member of the Church in Germany saved his tithing for years until someone with priesthood authority could come and accept it.
A Relief Society visiting teacher served for 30 years without missing an assignment. A group of Saints in South Africa rode for three days, standing up, to be able to hear and see the prophet of the Lord.
Note the sacrifices made in these true examples:. Important is true worship of God, based on atonement of Jesus rather than on observance of the biblical law Shiffman And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. John also wrote of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in 16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. This implies being in open and personal relationship with Christ and involving all the central faculty of being.
At an area conference in Mexico, members of the Church slept on the ground and fasted during the days of the conference. They had used all their money just to get to the conference and had nothing left for food and shelter. One family sold their car to get the money they wanted to contribute to a temple building fund. Many faithful Latter-day Saints have very little to live on, yet they pay their tithes and offerings. In one branch, the youth gave freely and willingly of their time to care for the young children while their parents helped build the meetinghouse. Young men and women give up or postpone good job opportunities, education, or sports to serve as missionaries.
Many more examples could be given of those who sacrifice for the Lord. Why do you think our willingness to sacrifice is related to our readiness to live in the presence of God?