"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." — Romans 5:7-8 (NIV)
Many of us have been privileged to hear the stories of war veterans — from World War II, Vietnam, Korea to the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We've heard stories of bravery and camaraderie. We've also heard stories of friends who made the ultimate sacrifice or who suffered debilitating injuries. As honorable as these sacrifices are — and they should never be forgotten by a grateful nation — these sacrifices were made to defend our own country and to defeat enemies from the Nazis to terrorists who threatened to conquer the world. God's sacrifice was different. Jesus Christ died for us while we were still enemies of God. God sacrificed His Son for His enemies. It would be unthinkable to ask a solider of any nation to die for an enemy. But God's ways are not our ways. God sacrificed His Son despite our enemy status because God wants us to return to Him. Why? Because God loves us.
Prayer: Loving God, we ask Your protection on all men and women serving in our Armed Forces throughout the world. We also give thanks for sending Jesus Christ to be the ultimate sacrifice for us and reconcile us to You. Amen.
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