Of the different levels of love spoken of in the Bible, those who have given their last full measure of devotion, who have laid down their lives for their friends, come the closest this world will ever see to the agape love of Christ.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” –John 15:13
These days, Memorial Day seems to be all about summer BBQs and the ever increasing number of Memorial Day Sales. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the World War II Museum found that only two out of every ten respondents knew the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Americans enjoy a host of freedoms not available to many around the world. We may thank our Founding Fathers and the Framers of the Constitution for this, however, there are others we often forget to thank. I’ve shared many times about our freedom of speech, but I want to take this opportunity to remind us all that our freedoms were paid for by the blood of our military heroes. These heroes had a great love of their country such that they were willing lay down their lives as is spoken of in John 15:13.
It’s said that freedom isn’t free and that we are the home of the free because of the brave. Freedom has a very high cost and it’s paid for by those who serve and sometimes lay down their lives to ensure that our freedoms continue.
While Veteran’s Day is the day we set aside to thank those who served in the military, Memorial Day is the day we remember those who died fulfilling John 15:13 because of that agape love so close to Christ’s own love for us.
On this Memorial Day, I’d like to issue a challenge. We may never be called upon to lay down our lives for our country. We may never be faced with giving our lives for a friend, however,we are called upon every day to try to give that same agape love of Christ to others. I challenge you to communicate that love.
The world loves beauty, but Christ loved the unlovely. The world loves those who love them, but Christ loved the unlovable.The world loves those who have the power to give them what they want, but Christ tells us to love those who have no power to reciprocate.
How do we do that? If we are financially blessed, we can give money to our churches, a worthy cause or a friend in need. If we are blessed with time, we can offer to help a stranger, lift up a neighbor, share the love of Christ with a co-worker.
And what if we are not blessed with an abundance of money or time? We can smile at a stranger, hold the door a split second longer for the one behind us, or even click “like” to support someone on a Facebook.
Nobody can match the agape love of Christ, but our soldiers come very close. We may never be called upon to communicate that level of love, but we can strive to get closer each day.
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