“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.