God created humans for fellowship with Him therefore we are to love God with all our Hearts,minds,souls,strength. We are told by the Commandment that tells us we shall have no other God's before Him. Of course we love Christ but the whole purpose of Christ sacrifice is to bring people to God. God is Christ's Father as He also is our Heavenly Father. Christ isn't our Father He is our Spiritual Brother and we pray to the Father in His Name Jesus. We are to love them both but God directs us in the Bible how to love and who to love in a specific way. I am well aware Christ is the intercessor between God and man that's why we pray to God in Jesus Name. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 1/15/16|
"Love of God brings the desire to obey.---Darlene
Isn't it our love for the Son of God, which brings us a desire to obey, and our obedience to Christ which brings us closer to God the Father." David on 1/14/16
Love is from God, including our love, as all good things come from Him, and He is worthy of all praise, glory, honor
---Chria9396 on 1/14/16|
Love of God brings the desire to obey.---Darlene
Isn't it our love for the Son of God, which brings us a desire to obey, and our obedience to Christ which brings us closer to God the Father.
(John 14:21) "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father...
---David on 1/14/16|
Read Roman's 12 it tells what a "Living Sacrifice" is for Christians. To me it means to die to ones self and live to please God. Jesus put His desire to live aside and surrendered His life to die for our sins. When we accept Christ and repent we then are Baptized in water,that is being buried with Christ,our old person is gone,and we arise a new creature/person in Christ. No longer living to please ourselves but living to put God's will first to please Him. As a child I wanted to please my Mama and Daddy now as God's child I want to please Him. Obedience to God's Word brings self sacrifice. Love of God brings the desire to obey. The more we read God's Word,praise Him,worship Him, and love Him the closer we grow to God. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 1/13/16|
Many think by surrendering desires of money, and pleasure, they can earn greater blessings.--michael_e on 1/7/16
Actually, it's not the many but the few, who believe this statement. Of which Jesus, Paul, and I also happen to agree.
Wasn't it the Love of money which made the rich man walk away from Jesus in (Matthew 19:16-26)?
And wasn't it Paul who said in
(1 Timothy 6:10)
For the love of money is the root of all evil, and while some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows
---David on 1/9/16|
"What sacrifices in life that can bring me closer to God?"
Chria "My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, [for] the sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart." Father is pleased by a disposition crushed and subdued by a servants humility.
---josef on 1/8/16|
The sacrifices in life that bring us closer to God are the inconveniences, slights, troubles, and sorrows we encounter--IF we use them properly.
Saying and believing, "All for Jesus," is the tincture that will make them holy sacrifices to God.
Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!
---Cluny on 1/8/16|
Many think by surrendering desires of money, and pleasure, they can earn greater blessings. Consider Rom 5:8
It's not our sacrifice but his sacrifice. It was Christs obedience to death at the cross.
His death is half the story. The rest is in the victory over sin and death by his resurrection!
Through Christ we are given forgiveness of sins, free justification, sanctification by the Spirit, and eternal life. Sin has no dominion over us.
Stop looking at who you were and where you were and look at who you are in Christ and where you are going.
You have been crucified with Christ! There is nothing else to surrender. It's finished.
Concentrate on the victory he achieved for you and become more than conquerors through Christ
---michael_e on 1/7/16|
Just follow the doctrine Jesus taught in his Gospels. A doctrine which teaches us how, to be a living sacrifice.
Look around your house at all the things you have in excess? How many coats do you have? How many can you wear?
Now look around the world for those who are cold, cold because they have no coat to keep them warm. Give them one of your coats, and then you will have the answer to your question. (Luke 3:11)
It's not much of a sacrifice, but it's a sacrifice many are unwilling to make. God is looking to have a relationship with those, who are willing to make sacrifices for those in need.
Please don't take my word for it. Act on what Jesus taught, and see for yourself, how God reacts to you.
---David on 1/7/16|
You are quite welcome John. My pleasure, as always.
---josef on 1/5/16|
A monk, wearing a hair shirt and chains for mortification was always disagreeable. His Superior called him to his office, and when the monk came in, the superior knocked him to the floor. The monk bounced to his feet, and was getting ready to hit back, when his superior told him to stop.
"If you are angry over being knocked down by your superior, how do you think you will bear up if/when some real persecution happens. Take off the hair shirt and the chains. God and I are in control of how much penance you have to carry."
Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 1/5/16|
Thanks, Josef and StrongAxe, for helpful answers.
---john1944 on 1/4/16|
To sacrifice is to willingly give up something you value greatly.
Abraham offering Isaac was a sacrifice, as he loved Isaac very much, and Isaac was God's promise to him that his seed would continue. By giving that up, he was giving up everything. In contrast, a heathen who sacrifices a prisoner to his god is not sacrificing anything, as he didn't value that life, and it wasn't his to give.
There are many times in life when we are given a choice - to give in to our own desires, or to set those aside to do what God wants of us. To do that is to sacrifice. (On the other hand, giving up something minor while offending in something major is not - e.g. mafiosos who take great pains to honor their word, while happily murdering others.)
---StrongAxe on 1/4/16|
What is meant by Sacrifice? An offering paid in homage, or the surrendering of something considered valuable, in this case self will, for something considered of greater value, i.e. the Father's will.
---Josef on 1/4/16|
John1944 Here's the biblical example of a "living sacrifice".
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Gal 2:20........>Hence, my life, to me, is valuable, however, my life in Christ, is to me, of greater value.
---josef on 1/4/16|
What is meant by Sacrifice?
---john1944 on 1/4/16|
You guys are great in explaining things to me which I struggle with on a daily basis.. God Bless You all..
---Chria on 1/4/16|
Bear with the inconveniences, slights, and bumps of living with others. Remember one of the spiritual works of mercy is bearing wrongs patiently.
The other day you asked about being persecuted.
If you cannot bear the lesser (bearing wrongs patiently), how can you bear the greater (persecution)?
That's the first step in being a living sacrifice.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/4/16|
What is a living sacrifice? Yielding oneself and the carnality of ones thinking to the Father's principles for life acquiescently. Submitting ones will to His, willingly and without protest. That His will may be done without the hindering motives and tendencies of a totally self centered, self serving mentality.
---Josef on 1/4/16|