Memorial Day: LOVE

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In Memory of the Freedom Fighters  Memorial Day 2020

 LOVE… this four letter word seems to be the main event of living.  Millions of songs about it have been recorded all over the world and they comprise the main subject of all songs ever written, recorded or listened to world-wide.  Love, in some fashion, is also the most written about subject in poetry, playwrights, novels, and on screen scripts.  All human beings seem to be preoccupied with the glory of it, the search for it, the struggles with it, the hope of it, and the damage from the lack of it.  Studies have even shown that all human beings need love.  Without love human beings do not develop properly and can actually die.  Today we remember the love demonstrated to us through the service and deaths of countless soldiers.  Without their combined acts of love America would not be free and its people would be enslaved.  Likewise, without the selfless love of Christ, who was tortured and died on our behalf, we would all perish in our sins and be eternally separated from God.

Jesus said: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13  Let us also remember as Christians and Americans that Jesus also said, From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded… Luke 12 :48b 

 We must never forget that freedom is never free.  A great price of love was paid to secure both America’s freedoms and your eternal security; however, you are expected to reciprocate that love.  It is our duty to both God and man.  Remember, someone died for your rights as you enjoy a barbeque today.  Remember also, that someone died for your sin as you munch down a chocolate covered egg each year at Easter time. Freedom isn’t free!

So many Americans abuse their freedoms bought by the blood of soldiers?  In fact– in this Covid19 pandemonium Americans have given them up to fear.  Many are beginning to protest now that government has far over reached in the name of “science” and “safety.” Still, so many Americans just don’t get it.  Some are spoiled and ungrateful– always expecting more and more rather than appreciating what they have been given.  Wouldn’t it be great if Americans were truly thankful and took up the attitude of the Late President John F. Kennedy who said:  “Ask Not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  President John F. Kennedy

Just as Many Americans abuse their freedoms bought by the blood of soldiers, so do many “Christians” abuse their spiritual freedom bought by the precious bloods of Christ.  Above all, Christians should be cognoscente of the fact that we have been rescued from so much more than the physical enemies of our country.  We have been rescued from the chief enemy of our soul, the devil, through Christ’s willing sacrifice.  We were once a casualty of spiritual war but are now set free.  What will we do with our spiritual freedom bought at such a price?  Will we be like so many Americans and use our freedom for evil?  The Apostle Paul urges us not to use our freedom to indulge in the sinful nature but to serve one another in love:

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:13-16 

The amazing, heroic love shown to us through the sacrifices of God and the soldiers we memorialize today should prompt us to return such love to others. The best way to memorialize a soldier is to be a patriot, exercise your rights, and secure them for your posterity in love and service to others.  The best way to memorialize Christ is to love Him according to His own inspired word:

15 “If you love me, keep my commands”.  John 14:15

18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  1 John 3:18

Dear Jesus, We give you thanks for all those soldiers who have given up all they had for the rights that we as Americans possess in our Bill of Rights.  Thank you for those in the armed forces today that continue that fight.  Thank you for those Gold Star Families who have lost the loves of their lives for the hopes of ours.  May we live a life worthy of these sacrifices.

Dear Jesus, may we follow you with unwavering gratitude for your sacrifice made to pay the eternal debt of our sin.  May we live this short span of life as agents of your mercy, grace and love.  May the actions and truth of our living be pleasing to you.  Amen.

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