I witnessed the worst and the best of humanity last night. I was on a call as an advocate on a child abuse case. A 14 year old girl had called the police to report her step father for sexually abusing her. This had been going on for 7 years. Her mother had threatened her continually, if she ever told anyone she would be thrown out of the house. During the interview the young girl was asked why she decided to call the police now she said “because my little sister just turned 7 the same age when he started molesting me, I wanted to protect my sister.”
This young girl had endured horrible abuse at the hands of her step father for years, Threats from her mother, no emotional support. Yet, the love she had for her sister caused her to risk everything to save her. When the stepfather found out what she had done and why, he responded..”I would never touch my biological child, I have morals” really you have morals? He was arrested and the mother decided her abused daughter could no longer live under her roof. she would be going to her grandmothers house to live. At the end of the night about 3am, I was sitting in the sheriffs suv crying my eye’s out and looked over and the big strapping deputy was doing the same thing.
While thinking about what a loving sacrifice this young women made for her sister. I thought about the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Jesus paid the highest price for you and me because He loves us more than we could ever imagine. He was put to death by being crucified on a cross, and his body was laid in a tomb behind a stone. He lived and then died rejected and alone. Like a rose He was trampled on the ground. Jesus took the fall and thought of you ABOVE ALL!
Jesus saw sacrifice as something beautiful because it would bring us life.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16.
Jesus’ calls us to voluntarily lay down our lives as He did–to sacrificially love people even when it’s uncomfortable or painful. What if you saw sacrifice as a beautiful word?
Just as this young girl sacrificed all for her sister, sacrificed her home, her security. This is real love. I pray for this young women, I pray when we follow up that she comes to know Jesus as her savior. That his transforming power will heal her heart. I know this young women changed my life with her sacrificial heart and bravery.