Day 10: Sacrifice

Day 10: Sacrifice

30 days of forgiveness

When I think on what I’ve lost at the expense of others forgiveness is a sacrifice. What loss? Loss that would have been restored had I pursued legal action.

I decided long ago to not pursue formal recovery of what was lost, i.e., financial security, a home, standing within the family, my reputation, etc. I would lose even more had I pursued legal recourse. Actually, I plan to file police reports in at least five different cities. However, the statute of limitations has run out so it’s really about simply reporting the truth.

I’ve learned my mother is incapable of sacrificing anything for the betterment of someone besides herself. My father sacrificed plenty when he opted to care for his mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s the last 25 years of her life. He knows sacrifice and release. She died years ago.

My mother sacrificed very little for me yet I sacrificed plenty for my own children. Perhaps I need to get some perspective on sacrifice.

Jesus sacrificed plenty … for love
Unlike Mary Poppins, Jesus was, in fact, perfect in every way. Jesus was the Son of God and man. Jesus raised people from the dead. There isn’t enough room in either the New York main library or the Library of Congress to document all of the miracles Jesus performed.

Regardless of these miracles, signs and wonders, Jesus endured mocking by the religious high council and church elders. He was despised most after  skillfully answering seemingly impossible-to-answer questions, which sparked controversy.

images-3For example, when asked if Jews should pay taxes, no one never expected him to say they need to not only pay taxes but pay tithes.

Rather than praise and worship Him for his deity, wisdom, authority and power, they publicly humiliated, tortured and sentenced him to death. Jesus was prepared to sacrifice himself so we could live with Him in Heaven forever. That’s pure love and sacrifice.

What can I sacrifice?
I’m not Jesus. However, I can offer eternal life by living a righteous life. I can lay down my claims for repayment for the sake of reconciliation. I can do my part to make salvation so attractive that she would be desperate to have what I have.

If I keep my lips clean, maybe, just maybe I may live to see my mother’s baptism of water and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Then I would have the blessed assurance of knowing that I’ll see her again in Heaven along with my husband and her mother.

Points to Ponder
What are you willing to sacrifice so that someone who hurt you deeply may know Jesus?

Posts in this series
Day 1: Pushing past the pain
Day 2: Stop feeling anger
Day 3: The Lord’s Prayer
Day 4: Detachment
Day 5: Grant a pardon
Day 6: Mercy
Day 7: Release
Day 8: Yield
Day 9: Give up resentment
Day 10: Sacrifice
Day 11: Ascribe
Day 12: Surrender
Day 13: No shame, no blame
Day 14: Awareness
Day 15: Acceptance
Day 16: Action
Day 17: Pain is growth
Day 18: Grace
Day 19: Emotional and spiritual maturity
Day 20: Compassion
Day 21: Don’t give up
Day 22: The house Love built
Day 23: Let the healing begin
Day 24: Freedom
Day 25: Trust God
Day 26: Believe
Day 27: Think positive
Day 28: Restoration
Day 29: My family legacy
Day 30: It’s worth it
Podcast: A little background on Forgiveness series

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