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Expressions from the Heart

Remembrance Day

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”. With that said, loving others is not a choice, but a command from God. And while we can love others without loving God, we can never love God without loving others. It just doesn’t work that way according to God’s Word. To what extent do we love others? Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” – John 15:13. Christ died for us because he loved us. Christians are to exemplify the same sacrificial giving, even if it involves laying down our own life. This act of love is in imitation of Christ’s love. In my own understanding, I believe that dying for someone is not the only definition of “lay down one’s life”. I believe it encompasses all aspects of our lives, in a sense that we “lay down” our finances, resources, time, etc… for another person who needs those things.

A homeless person may need financial support to buy necessities. A husband who just lost his job may need resources available to certain individuals. A friend mourning over the loss of loved one may need time with a friend to be consoled. There are so many ways to “lay down our lives” for others and not necessarily mean to die for them. However, while most of us would never be in a position to have to lay down our lives for another person, our willingness to do so reveals our attitude and relationship with the Lord.

Those who have given their lives for our freedom and protection are by far the ultimate example of commitment to the love of God at any cost. We honor them even now as they’re in the presence of God, surrounded by the same love they demonstrated others while fulfilling their duties on earth.

We also honor our veterans and those in the armed forces who actively take a part in fighting for our nation. May we never lose sight of the fact that they have also committed to lay down their lives for others – as there is “no greater love than this”. We pause during our eventful weekends to remember those who have died for us; we remember their families and pray for God’s peace to surround them. We also consider blessings to those who are currently serving in the armed forces and thank their families, who also manifest God’s love through their sacrifices. We pray for God’s presence to continually be with them and protect them from all calamity.

We honor those in the police forces, sheriffs, rescue and fire departments who also put their lives in danger for our safety and protection; we pray for the angel of God to protect them on a daily basis. We remember those who lost their lives while in active duty and pray for God’s healing for their families and friends who mourn.

My prayer is that many will be encouraged by this Memorial Day weekend in knowing they are loved; many are in need of knowing this unshakable truth. God reveals Himself to those who don’t know Him through the acts of love of others. It is a testimony that God exists among us. “We love because He first loved us.” – 1John4:19

Have a Blessed Memorial Day!


May 28, 2011 - Posted by | Expressions | , , , , , ,


  1. Linda, that was just beautifully written! I need say nothing else – you said it all! Blessings, Debbie Moore

    Comment by Debbie Moore | May 29, 2011

  2. Linda that was super awesome. God bless you and your family more each day. that talent and love God gave you is a blessing for all the readers. Everyone take a moment to remember all those brave men n women that gave their life for FREEDOM! God Bless us all. Love Miriam

    Comment by grandmamiriam | May 29, 2011

  3. Thank you so much Debbie and Miriam! Your comments are so encouraging. They help me to press on “and keep writing”…you are such blessings.

    Comment by Linda | May 30, 2011

  4. Linda, what a perfectly timed article! Thank you for this. As I was reading it, I was thinking about how we learn this lesson in laying down our lives for our kids. You have done that in being a good mommy. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule as a mom to share your insight and writing talent with us. God bless ya real good.

    Comment by julie | May 31, 2011

  5. Would Jesus go to war? Indeed, when Jesus was alive the Jews expected him to be a great leader and overthrow Rome. But that is not the Saviour he was.

    In Matthew 26 we see Jesus’ arrest. The Apostle Peter takes the out his sword and cuts off the high priest’s servant’s ear. Jesus heals the man and rebukes Peter, saying, those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.

    Jesus taught love. Love for our neighbours and our enemies. He taught us to turn the other cheek, to go 2 miles instead of one, etc., etc.

    We must not have an us and them mentality. Paul fights for this in the entire New Testament. Was the God of all not also the God of the Japanese and the Germans? Are not the Muslim nations created in the image of God. The truth is God has a heart for all men.

    Our fight is not against flesh and blood but against principalties and the ruler of the air.

    If we are to be Christian, we are not to fight. A simple examination of the words Jesus actually says teaches us this. It is not some mystery hidden in the gospel.

    For freedom is not won with guns, missiles, or by any soldier. The only freedom is to be found in one man, that man just so happens to be God.

    Comment by cozyblanketsnowflakerepetitioncompulsion | November 11, 2011

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