“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.” Romans 9:1-5 (KJV)
Do we ever think much about sacrifice? I must admit I do not. Sacrifice hurts. Paul, however, did think of sacrifice, but probably not as a sacrifice, but as love for his Saviour and for his people. Jesus also gave Himself, a sacrifice, for the glory of His Father, and His love for us.
Who is willing to suffer being accursed from Christ – suffering the torments of eternal hell – for our “Brethren”, our kinsmen according to the flesh?
That kind of love is in Christ.
-Tim A. Blankenship