Sacrifice

1 John 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. 
He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. 
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 
In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. 

Homily:
God is love.

The expression of God in you is love.

The question “what is love?” is as difficult as the question “what is God?”

There is no universal answer as God expresses himself through each of us, uniquely.

But there is a common thread that runs through every expression of love – sacrifice.

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”

Some sacrifice nothing, Some sacrifice little, some sacrifice much, some sacrifice all.

No one human, sacrifices all for all. We choose when, where and for whom we sacrifice nothing, sacrifice little, sacrifice much or sacrifice all.

When we declare we love, there is a reference, set in John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

And Jesus Christ put it even clearer words in John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

The magnitude of your sacrifice is directly proportional to the magnitude of your love.

Search your life for the things you make the most sacrifice for. These are the things you love. Do they give or take life? Choose life, Sacrifice wisely.