Love is self sacrificing


 Sometimes Love requires Losing. 

1 Kings 3:16-28 

“Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.  And the one woman said, O my Lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.  And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.  And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it.  And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.  And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.  And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.  Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.  And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.  And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.  Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my Lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.  Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.  And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.”

In the above text, two women with newborn babies lived in the same house. One woman’s baby died during the night and she switched the babies while the other woman was asleep. In the morning the other woman realized that the baby was dead, but she knew it wasn’t her child. 

They both claimed the living child was theirs, so they took the matter before King Solomon to settle the argument. He suggested that they cut the child in two, and each take a half. 

The real mother cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child—please do not kill him!” But the other woman said, “he will neither be yours nor mine; divide him between us!” 

Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”

 The real mother was willing to sacrifice giving her son to the other woman to save his life. The other woman’s value was to win the fight, and she didn’t care what she lost to win. 

What you value determines the decisions that you make! 

Question to ponder 

  1. Are you making wise decisions based on what you value?