I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12.1)

Against Her Will

For love of us, You sent Your Son,
The perfect Lamb of sacrifice;
This greatest love, found in Your One,
Laid down His life to pay our price.

For love of You and our neighbor,
The cross leads us through sacrifice:
For love we live and we labor —
A good intent will not suffice.

She strives to go against her will;
To supplant self and to obey.
This method leads her straight uphill —
The shortest path within His way.

To deny and disown self-love,
A tithe she gives with each step trod,
Finds strength in grace drawn from above —
A sacrifice of joy to God!

The love of self yields all our sins;
Where self-love ends, His love begins.

May Jesus lead us through the cross of self-denial to the joy of His love.

(c) Paul Buis, 2003

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