“Thank You For Your Service!” (1 John 3:16)

“Thank you for your service!”

 

I shook the hand of my resident during his graduation ceremony of our dermatology residency program. Before I met him, he served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon. He had performed superbly as a dermatology resident and I was proud to have been a part of his training as a physician, but I was even prouder of his service to our country.

 

I will always have a special place in my heart for anyone who has served or currently serves in the armed forces or is a first responder. They are ready to sacrifice their lives on our behalf every moment of the day and I am ever grateful to them. I support a charity that addresses the financial needs of these same responders, their families, and veterans. I never take for granted the sacrifices these courageous individuals have made and continue to make on my behalf and all Americans. Their commitment resonates deeply within my soul.

 

Is it any wonder that I so passionately love my Lord Jesus Christ?

 

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.   

1 John 3:16 (ESV)

 

For many years, I thought Jesus was simply a gifted teacher and a great moral man. I was aware He died on the Cross and allegedly was resurrected from the dead. Yet, why would that be relevant to me? What did it mean that “Jesus died for your sins”? Only after reading the Bible and meeting with a dear Christian brother did God’s plan for my life and all mankind become clear. Jesus Christ willingly laid down His life on my behalf because He loved me. He was willing to endure the full weight of the sins of every person who ever lived or ever will live, imputed upon His broken and tortured Body. By dying on the Cross and resurrected to life three days later, Jesus Christ conquered death. Sin could no longer separate anyone from God, His Creator, when they confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It was the perfect act of love and it resonated deeply within my soul.

 

We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:19 (ESV)

 

I praise and thank God for the bravery of our armed forces and first responders. I pray that God will continue to protect all of them and give comfort and peace to their families that support them.

 

Lord Jesus, thank you for your service and sacrifice for all humanity. You died for me when I deserved it the least.

 

Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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