This past summer, I have been thinking about love and suffering through sacrifice. These two, they have been woven into the stories of this summer all around. Love and suffering. These both sometimes seem bigger than life. And they are often connected.
Oswald Chambers writes, “To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God’s will even if it means suffering is a very different thing. No healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he chooses God’s will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.”
Sometimes, love comes with suffering. And sometimes, suffering comes with love.
So when you wonder how much you need to sacrifice of yourself for love.
When you wonder how much hurt you can and have to bear.
Or when you wonder if love was really worth all the sorrow and hurt, all the grief and pain.
The answer is yes. Yes, always.
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)
The life of the disciple of Christ is not always easy. Sometimes, it requires great sacrifice. And sometimes it requires those small sacrifices in the midst of the every day. We walk through trying times, sorrow, and suffering. But in it all, God is with us.
Friend, God is with us. He is with you, and that is a promise.