Tag: Love

📸Snapshots of Glory – Word Focus 2 Day: At The Altar of Sacrifice

As believers in Jesus Christ, we have been called to not only bring ourselves to the altar of sacrifice as covenanted children of God, but also to bring all that belongs to us and all who we love to the altar of sacrifice. The term altar of sacrifice simply means committing ourselves, what is ours, people and things we love sacrificially to the LORD.

The use of the word “altar” here is in reference to Abraham and how he obeyed God by preparing to sacrifice his son Isaac at the altar as he would do a ram or a goat. It was when he was about to kill his son Isaac that God stopped him and provided a ram as a substitute.

God then said “16..Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants[a] beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.18 And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.” (Gen. 22:16-17NLT).

As in Abraham’s case, it is evident that it is not enough being covenanted or surrendered to God as Abraham was, He requires us to covenant or surrender all that we cherish to him.

God also led me to think further about what else constitutes a sacrificial life unto God. What came to mind is the fact that our calling is to not only love God but others sacrificially.

As much as we love God unreservedly or sacrificially and we love ourselves as a result, we are also called to love others, believers and non believers, unconditionally.

“Jesus replied, “..,You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’””Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” (John 10:26-28 NLT). One’s “neighbour” is either a Christian or a non Christian.

Sadly many hold back from expressing love and therefore care for others because of past experiences of being hurt or rejected when they had done so. Some leaders have also developed the erroneous mindset that the mark of a good leader is one who ensures they show their authority by not being too familiar with their subordinates.

Jesus ate at table with his disciples, washed their feet and allowed one of them John to rest on his bosom. Jesus did these things and more to demonstrate that in the Kingdom of God the mark of a great and true leader is one who is not afraid to demonstrate humility and love to those they lead.

One can give all one’s goods to the poor and manifest diligence in Godly service and have gifts of prophecy among others, but if one is not demonstrating the sacrificial God kind of love them one is actually not pleasing God. The Apostle Paul expressed it in this manner to the biblical book of Corinthians:

“If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” (1 Corinth. 13:2 NLT).

Jesus who died a sacrificial death for mankind said “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13NLT).

Jesus taught as follows “…I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:44 NLT)

It is worthy to note Jesus used the word “friend” in John 15:13 NLT. Indeed it is sacrificial to “lay down one’s life” for someone who is not even blood related to us and also for our enemies. It means we are willing to go the extra mile in terms of demonstrating unconditional love and kindness towards them.

Jesus was criticised by the Jewish religious leaders for keeping company with “many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners…” (Mark 2:15-16 NLT).

If we are able to love sacrificially despite being at the risk of making ourselves vulnerable and therefore open to criticism and rejection, then we are truly manifesting sacrificial behaviour for the sake of God as Christ did, hence affirming our love for God.

The Apostle John said “If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?” (1 John 4:20 NLT).

Let us always remember brethren that what constitutes genuine sacrificial living before God “at the altar of sacrifice” includes but goes beyond what we normally think of as sacrifice which is the giving of ourselves, all that belongs to us i.e. those we love, to God.

In fact the affirmation of whether we are true Children of God who please God is determined by how we relate to our fellow human beings.

Therefore Brethren, when we are committed to doing all that we desire to do as living sacrifices unto God, let us remember that God places great significance on how we conduct our interpersonal relationships on a day to day basis. May He help us in our weakness.

Poem – Altar of Sacrifice

At the altar of sacrifice

I arise from the fall,

surrendering before God,

I give Him my all.

My all is giving of my heart

and that is where I start.

My all is offering what’s so dear

’cause of reverential fear of God.

At the altar of sacrifice,

I give my all

to stand tall before the LORD.

My all is loving mankind

as I am loved by God

who is one of a kind.

My all is giving up my life for

friends and praying for my foes.

Always ready to pay a price,

I surrender all

at the Altar of Sacrifice.

©2016 Deborah E.Nyamekye

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The Principle Thing

Introduction: Nowadays at every turn one reads or hears about “white privilege” a term that is used often and debated a lot in America. This is the storytelling (fictitious) perspective of a black “young adult” some may not readily have, a poetic reflection simply called “The Principle Thing” that gives food for thought.

The Principle Thing:

At every turn is “white privilege” uttered and sprawled, pointing to those with might of leverage.

Among the elite of her nation, this young adult once knew “black privilege” and was rolling in plentiful rations of dosh.

If black privilege is the turning up of the nose and the looking down at masses,

while effortlessly receiving a heads up in life and entry into doors that readily swing open,

then this young adult gladly exchanges her privilege for rations of love plentiful in the slums, scarce amidst her home of glitz.

What then of insurmountable heights of “white privilege”?

If white privilege is the turning up of the nose and the looking down at masses,

while effortlessly receiving a heads up in life and entry into doors that readily swing open,
then this young adult is void of envy.

For privilege, black or white augments not a man’s worth for all men are created equal and heals not a stony heart whose fate is eternal death, now that’s the reality!

The heart, like a tilted cistern overflowing with love, not privilege is the principle thing.

©09-Sept.2017 Deborah E.Nyamekye

Love one Another 


“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela

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“20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” John, The Apostle of Jesus Christ (1 John 4:20-21 KJV)