Hate. Kidnappings. Murders. Suicides. Wars. I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of these happening almost every day. It seems that the outlook of how people treat each other as well as themselves just gets worse and worse. If terrorists are not waging war trying to escalate their cause, they are taking it to the streets in car bombings. Mass shootings have been on the increase which usually end in the assailant killing themselves. Domestic murder suicides happen more frequently more couples have relationship issues they don’t seem to be able to resolve and one of them decide this is the only way to fix it. Then kidnappings, many times ending with the victim’s life coming to an end, seem to be on an increase. Too many times, the perpetrators of those crimes are not caught.
As the list goes on and on, it appears that the value placed on human life continues to diminish.
Life should be cherished because it is a gift from God.
Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
When God created man with those words, no other part of creation was created with those words. This sets man apart from the rest of creation. Only man was created in God’s image.
Man had intellect, self-awareness and abilities. He was able to learn, change the environment and communicate. Physically, he appeared similar to animals, but there was a difference. He had a soul.
1 Corinthians 2:11 (NIV)
For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?
With all of this, there is one more thing that God added in creating man, and that was the ability to multiply and making each person unique. Of all of the most precious gems on earth, you are more precious than diamonds and silver, more precious gold. While these are considered precious gems, you can walk into any jewelry story or pawn shop and find them there. While they are considered precious, they are not considered rare.
Psalm 139: 14 (NIV)
“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Life is more precious than any precious gem. Your life is more valuable than any as well. You were created by God in his image. And he only made one of you. As Max Lucado said in his book, Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot, “You are the only you God made… God made you and broke the mold.”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
- Love your life. Cherish it.
- Love the lives of those around you. Their lives are just as precious!
- Love the life of Jesus Christ that He gave for you! He died on the cross so you would not have to. This means that for all who believe in him as Lord and Savior, He is their intercessor on judgement day.
John 3:16 (NIV)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Thank you, Lord for the precious gift of life!
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