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Love Does Not Come Cheap

By Don Loftis | 07.01.15

If we go shopping, we can find a few inexpensive items such as bubble gum, note cards, or a newspaper.  Other items like diamonds and new cars are more expensive.  It is hard to put a price tag on love, but we know it falls more in the expensive category than the cheap one.

A man was at a Hallmark store searching for a card for his wife’s birthday.  One beautiful card had a verse that he felt described his wife well.  It read, “My love for you knows no bounds.  I would climb any mountain, pay any price, make any sacrifice to show you the extent of my love.”  The man took the card to the sales clerk and said, “I love the message on this card, do you have anything cheaper?”

Love for God cannot always be measured in dollars and cents, but it certainly needs to be personally sacrificial.  King David had been told by the Lord to build an altar and offer a sacrifice.  A man named Araunah offered to provide the king both wood and oxen for the sacrifice at no cost.  David chose to pay full price for both saying, “I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing” (II Sam. 24:24).

How much do we love the Lord?  Do we love enough to be inconvenienced?  Do we love enough to put Him first in our budgets and priorities? Do we love enough to suffer persecution.  It is easy to say that we love, but true love demands more,  I John 3:18 states the challenge well; “Let us not love with word or tongue, but in deed and truth.”

 


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