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Sacrificial Love


I’ve always thought that I loved my husband sacrificially. I go out of my way to make sure that he comes home to a house filled with love. I’ve followed him across the country to an unknown city, and helped to make a home for us far from the people we loved. I give him the benefit of the doubt, make his meals for him, clean the house, and try to always respond to him with courtesy and respect. I try to live out the words of 1 Corinthians 13, in which Paul describes, real “agape” love. I try to be patient and kind in the way that I respond to him.
Perhaps, in a sense, I have loved him with a sacrificial love. Isn’t that how a military wife has to love?
Just the same, it wasn’t until I had a baby that I understood sacrificial love on a deeper level. My husband has always been relatively easy to love and serve… a baby is far more demanding.
My little one doesn’t care if she’s interrupting my dinner, or my sleep in the middle of the night. She doesn’t care if I miss out on the sermon at church or the movie we rented from Netflix®. If she has a need, she wants it meant immediately. Sometimes her need for love is downright overwhelming. It’s not easy missing out on meals or sleep or sermons or movies. At times I’m downright resentful in fact.
Just the same, God is teaching me such a great lesson on love through this little child. He’s teaching me what true love feels like. Through this child, I’m learning how to not only love her, but to love my husband and those around me with more of a servant heart.
In the coming years, there will be times when my husband is deployed, and I’ll be loving him from far away. I can’t help but think that the lesson I’m learning right now will help me in the days ahead.
God is definitely teaching me some valuable lessons. What has he been teaching you?