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Sacrifice and Friendship

My Utmost His Highest

"I have called you friends . . ." (John 15:15) 

We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do. We make it conditional by saying, “I’ll surrender if . . . !” Or we approach it by saying, “I suppose I have to devote my life to God.” We will never find the joy of self-sacrifice in either of these ways. But as soon as we do totally surrender, abandoning ourselves to Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us a taste of His joy. The ultimate goal of self-sacrifice is to lay down our lives for our Friend (see John 15:13-14). When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, our greatest desire is to lay down our lives for Jesus. . . Sacrifice is the Holy Spirit’s ultimate expression of love. . . Have I ever yielded myself in absolute submission to Jesus Christ? (read more) (purchase)

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