Love Sacrifices

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12

A family sat in the doctor’s office discussing the test results of the little girl. She had a rare disease that required a blood transfusion from her little brother. He had the disease too, yet his body had created antibodies and healed him from the illness. The doctor stood up from his desk, walked around and kneeled down next to the little boy. He said, “Johnny, are you ready to give blood to your sister?” Johnny hesitated for a moment and then said, “Yes, I am. When do I do it?” The doctor said to him, “We must do it today or your sister may die.” Johnny says, “Ok, I will do it if it will save my sister.”

A few hours later, Johnny and his sister were prepped and ready for the procedure. Johnny looked over at his sister seeing the color returning to her cheeks and he smiled. As Johnny lay there he asked in a quivering voice, “Doctor, how long will it take?” The doctor replied, “Not long, Johnny.” Tears began to roll down Johnny’s cheeks and the doctor asked, “Johnny, are you ok?” Johnny says, “Doctor, will I start to die right away?” Being so young, Johnny thought that he was giving all of his blood to his sister. Johnny thought that he must give his life for his sister to live. What a brave and loving little boy.

Five-year-old little Johnny was willing to give his life for his sister. That must have spoken volumes to the doctors, nurses and his family how much love he had for his sister. Jesus knew that He needed to give His life for us to live. His willingness to be sacrificed speaks volumes to those of us whose hearts are softened and recognize this amazing act of love. God, our Heavenly Father, created us all. He loves us so much that He desires for us to have a relationship, a deep friendship with Him and to ultimately be with Him in heaven. Yet, we are free to choose how we live our lives. We can live without a care for anyone else or we can choose to live and love those around us. Sometimes, loving another person means giving something of yourself whether it be your time, physical labor, pride, money, the shirt off your back or the blood from your veins like little Johnny. Love may be expressed in so many different ways. Let’s sharpen one another by showing God’s love to each other.

Prayer: Dear loving Lord, thank You for sending Jesus for us to be saved. Through His death, You made a way for us to be brought back to You. Because He died and rose again to be with You, we see how much love You have for us. And because of Your love for us, may we be willing to do whatever You call us to do to show others love, Your love. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

4 thoughts on “Love Sacrifices

  1. Oh my stars… timing is everything… I just had to send out a letter to my family asking if anyone would be willing to donate part of their liver to my husband, a very hard thing to do…. but love is so beautifully expressed through our willingness to give of ourselves.
    Thank you…

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    1. Oh Marlene! We have been praying for you and Mark! Lord show mercy and provide a donor!!! Much love to you!


  2. Oh Tiffany, I just don’t have the words. Your message touched me deeply. I love the idea about iron sharpening each one of us as we help to sharpen each other and reach out in love for each other. Blessings, Susan

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    1. Oh sweet Susan! I’m delighted that it touched you! I always pray that the Lord blesses someone through my posts! I’m just His instrument! Hugs!


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