John‬ ‭15‬:‭12-13 Have you ever had someone take responsibility for something that kept you out of trouble? Maybe it was a group project in school you flaked out on and someone in your group had your back, someone stepping up and paying a bill for your when things were tight, or even someone taking a punishment when you were the one that actually deserved it. If you’ve ever been in that situation, you know that, even though our pride sometimes causes us to have a hard time accepting help sometimes, it can be a meaningful experience for someone to make that kind of sacrifice for you. The ultimate example of this was Jesus laying down His life for us when He dies for us on the cross. We were the ones that deserved punishment because of our sin, but, instead, the one who lived a completely innocent life died to pay the price for us. Jesus describes it this way: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus showed us the ultimate love by laying His life down for us. This is the example Jesus gave to us. If we are to truly love God and others, it takes us laying our lives down for others. We may not have to die for our faith, but it will require love and sacrifice. Are you ready to lay down your life? // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
Reflect: Who are the people who have sacrificed the most for you? What do those people mean to you? Pray: As you pray today, thank God for those people who have sacrificed for you. Talk to Him about what those people mean to you, and ask Him to help you be that kind of person to other people. READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Philippians 2]]>