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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #90 --- Sacrifice

Updated on November 12, 2015

Quotations on Sacrifice

Sacrifice means to make sacred. This we do in giving or devoting our lives or anything else to a holy purpose, and this may or may not mean entire self-denial of person or property. God makes our souls holy by the blood of Jesus in salvation and our bodies are made holy by using our appetites and desires in a sacred way. All our money and marriages, plans and pleasures are to be used and not abused in their highest and holiest purposes.

—C.C. Young, Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., May 1, 1930.

Sacrifice is the language of love.

—William Jennings Bryan, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 7, 1913.

Spiritual self-sacrifice is the higher education of the heart.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 18, 1936.

Sacrifice that is born in faith is the testimony of faith, and nothing on earth is deserving of a higher reward.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 17, 1932.

Self-sacrifice is the test that distinguishes the great from the little. It takes the measure of a man or a woman.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 15, 1931.

Self-sacrifice is a compendium of all the spiritual fine arts.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 26, 1932.

No sacrifice was ever made for love of God, but that it glorified and ennobled the spirit of the one who made it.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 29, 1933.

Religion demands sacrifice because religion is love. True love is built on sacrifice, and God’s true love opened with sacrifice the doors of everlasting life.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 26, 1933.

Sacrifice is the measure of service.

---Elijah Powell Brown, St. Louis Republican, St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 8, 1903.

He only is ready to serve who is ready to sacrifice.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Edgefield Advertiser, Edgefield, S.C., Oct. 11, 1905.

The Lord’s work can only be done with what we sacrifice, not by what we think we can spare.

---Elijah Powell Brown, El Reno Weekly Globe, El Reno, Okla., Sept. 12, 1902.

It is easier to preach heroic sacrifice than it is to practice ordinary unselfishness.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Polk County News, Columbia, N.C., April 23, 1903.

Self-preservation is the first law of nature, but self-sacrifice is the first law of grace.

---Eugene Russell Hendrix, Warrensburg News, Warrensburg, N.Y., Aug. 18, 1910.

The only cord that binds humanity is the cord of sacrifice for others.

---S. Parkes Cadman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 27, 1930.

Voluntary sacrifice for the general good is the hall mark of godlike character. It has its procreating source in Him who came among us “not to be ministered to but to minister and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

---S. Parkes Cadman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 1930.

All of us need to crucify selfishness and give ourselves and all to the public welfare; to lay the present upon the altar of sacrifice for the good of mankind and the safety and happiness of the future. … Let us not grow weary in the well-doing but rather run with eagerness to do our very utmost.

---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 1, 1918.

Life's river purifies itself when it runs over the sands of sacrifice.

‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Feb. 13, 1927.

Love blazons trails for sacrifice to follow.

‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Feb. 18, 1927.

Sacrifice is the finest cornerstone ever laid in building character.

---W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Aug. 12, 1927.

Sacrifice gives wings to our gifts.

‑‑‑Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., April 8, 1906.

Sacrifice gives a heavenly grace to any gift.

---Henry F. Cope, Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 7, 1906.

Sacrifice sanctifies any service.

---Henry F. Cope, Lincoln County Leader, Toledo, Ore., April 6, 1906.

The sacrifice whose aroma rises sweet to heaven is the service of love, the self-denial born of gratitude or affection, the gifts to men because they are the children of the good Father. The broken heart, the contrite sigh, the sympathy that serves—these are the sacrifices on which the welfare of the whole universe waits.

---Henry F. Cope, Lincoln County Leader, Toledo, Ore., Sept. 6, 1907.

The fairest flowers of joy spring from the soil of sacrifice.

‑‑‑Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., May 26, 1907.

No Christian can conscientiously reject sacrifice if he would serve his Lord. Service brings us a rich reward, but only when we have willingly paid its price.

---Howard V. Harper, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Dec. 17, 1938.

Sacrifice is a work. It is a source of joy--the greatest source of Christian joy one may ever know.

---C.B. Tigner, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 11, 1939.

Only by sacrifice do truth and light proceed to victory. Every highway of human progress passes by the tokens of sacrifices.

---Daniel Heitmeyer, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., March 18, 1929.

It isn’t sacrifices that will hurt—but the lack of them.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 20, 1942.

The man who’s forever begrudging the sacrifices he’s making probably isn’t doing much sacrificing.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 28, 1943.

Sacrifice does have a fine, ennobling, Christianizing effect on an individual who makes the sacrifice willingly. That is one of the great fundamental truths. But that is true only of a sacrifice that is needed and is necessary. It is never true of a needless, unnecessary sacrifice.

---Henry Arnold “H.A.” Stallings, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 7, 1942.

There is no such thing in this world as love without sacrifice. The amount of sacrifice we are willing to make for anyone is dependent on the amount of love we have for that individual.

‑‑‑Gustav Stearns, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 12, 1921.

When humanity has lost its power of sacrifice and tenacious holding on to great things, at no matter what peril, it will need regeneration through a new birth.

---William R. Nelson, University of Utah Chronicle, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 4, 1902.

Sacrifice means the giving of something of your life for the life of others.

---Fuller Swift, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, March 23, 1918.

Sacrifice is a word derived from the two words sacer, meaning “sacred,” and facere, meaning “to make,” and therefore to offer something valuable to someone as a token of affection. The father giving all he has to educate his children, himself living in straightened circumstances, is making a great sacrifice and one none can deny. The soldier leaving home and all that is dear, to go forth and fight for his country at the risk of life itself, makes a grand sacrifice for his country. In this same sense our offerings made to God may be called sacrifices. Without sacrifice we are nothing, we can gain nothing, either in this world or the world to come.

---George G. Frund, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Sept. 15, 1917.

Love and sacrifice are related to each other, like seed and fruit; each produces the other. The seed of sacrifice brings forth the fragrant fruit of love, and love always has in its heart the seeds of new sacrifice.

---C.W. Ryder, The Christian Alliance and Missionary Weekly, New York, N.Y., Jan. 23, 1891.

All channels of divine love and goodness are converging into your lives. Let all the channels of usefulness diverge from your lives into the broad currents of humanity’s needs. Live a humanity-centered life instead of a self-centered life. The best speech is the language of heaven that is translated in terms of loving self-sacrifice.

---W.E. Spicer, Bisbee Daily Review, Bisbee, Ariz., May 31, 1908.

The spirit of self-sacrifice, which is the greatest thing in the world, for it is the highest manifestation of love, reveals its greatness not in occasional sublime deeds, but in the commonplace affairs of every day.

---William T. Ellis, The Daily Argus, Mount Vernon, N.Y., June 24, 1916.

Is there any man today who has never felt his heart burn within him when he has sometime come in contact with someone who needed his help? If there is no such man here, I am mistaken. If a man’s heart goes out to another, and he does all he can to help him, it is because no work has been done without the cost of sacrifice.

—George Herbert Utter, The Evening Tribune and Telegram, Providence, R.I., April 29, 1906.

Happiness must be based on sacrificial living and if necessary, sacrificial death. I doubt if anyone ever dies happy unless life has been spent in the service of others, and then death itself becomes sacrificial. Let us remember that as long as we live on earth, we must make some effort to secure, at least some material wealth. That is necessary. But that alone will not bring happiness. Happiness is an inward condition, not an outward situation. This inward condition is based on outward service, that is, a life of kindness. Happiness is never due to what we have. It is due to what we are and do.

---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Dec. 14, 1948.

Sacrifice enriches life at its fountain head. It has been ever through toil and tears and sacrifice that the world has traveled slowly on its way toward God. The world's monuments have been erected and the liberties of men have ever been preserved by sacrifice. The gates of the Eternal City were thrown open to the human race by the hand of sacrifice.

—A.E. Henry, Oslo Posten, Guymon, Okla., May 15, 1912.

Tears of sacrifice are the dew on the flower of love.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Dec. 7, 1927.

Real love brings out the greatest qualities of life in men and women. It makes one willing to sacrifice everything for the one beloved.

—Uel D. Crosby, Tulia Herald, Tulia, Texas, June 8, 1939.

Giving until it hurts or until you feel good is not the measure of one's sacrifice. It's loving Christ more than self that makes one want to give more. An increased giving is a natural outgrowth of a deeper spiritual relationship. If this principle were not true, it would be next to impossible for the very rich to sacrifice.

—H.C. Dusbabek, Searcy Daily Citizen, Searcy, Ark., Oct. 31, 1980.

The greatest joy in life comes from the sacrifice of self for the sake of Christ. ... It requires tiny, daily self-denials to crush selfishness.

—Fulton J. Sheen, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., May 20, 1955.

Unless you sacrifice you'll never know if you are doing the Lord's will.

—Hartman Rector, Jr., Fishers of Men, Hamburg, West Germany, June 1971.

Sacrifice in its finer aspect is a spiritual concept. It elevates spiritual growth above material gain. It looks for its reward in things only of enduring worth.

—Stephen L Richards, Liahona the Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., April 14, 1942.

Love must taste of sacrifice. Without sacrifice love dies–it cannot live overnight. Unless we give of ourselves we cannot feed love. Under sacrifice love blossoms.

—John A. Widtsoe, Millennial Star, London, England, May 18, 1939.

The crowning act of service is sacrifice.

—C.W. Culp, Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., May 4, 1933 .

Sacrifice counts gains loss unless another profits by it.

—Charles S. Medbury, The Register and Leader, Des Moines, Iowa, April 4, 1910.

No sacrifice is too extravagant in the service of Christ.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 21, 1938.

There is no prayer so grandly expressive as sacrifice. ... Sacrifice is the highest type of prayer in the Christian religion.

—David S. Phelan, Western Watchman, St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 2, 1913.

Real success is based on self-sacrifice, not in self-indulgence. Ideals are attained only by way of ordeals.

—Samuel Judson Porter, San Antonio Daily Express, San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 19, 1910.

No sacrifice can atone for lack of love.

—John Richard Sampey, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., Aug. 1, 1898.

The altar of sacrifice is a touchstone of character and the true measure of manhood.

—Oliver G. Wilson, The Wesleyan Methodist, Syracuse, N.Y., Sept. 14, 1955.

The seeds of love make quicker and deeper root if the planting of them has required a sacrifice.

—H. Curran Wilbur, Wheeling Register, Wheeling, W.Va., March 22, 1903.

The life that ceases to serve ceases to be a sacrifice.

—N.J. Wright, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Dec. 16, 1912.

Boasting of our future sacrifices is a dangerous business.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 28, 1921.

If you sacrifice for others they will sacrifice for you. By sacrificing for others you not only reap the sacrifices that people render to you but you also reap kindness and love from them and you yourself are made better by it. God blesses those that sacrifice for Him. Sacrificing creates love in your own heart. If you do not love Christ as you should, it is because you do not sacrifice for Him as you should.

—L.B. Epperson, The Gospel Herald, Cordell, Okla., Dec. 2, 1915.

Sacrifice means a relinquishment or yielding, a giving up, an offering to God, to good, never to evil. It does not mean destruction of one's right thoughts or desires, but laying them aside for possible betterment, that the divine may surely prevail.

—Charles F. Walker, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 14, 1929.

Forgiveness, generosity and understanding gain a place in our lives as we humble ourselves in the presence of Christ. ... Genuine sacrificial living–in this we become sensitive to the needs of the less fortunate people of our community and world. Material gain and self-aggrandizement are the expressions of human nature that has led us into personal and corporate sin. The strife-ridden world, thus formed, can be healed as the whole of human nature comes under the transforming power of Calvary.

—George H. McAhren, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., March 11, 1952.

How many of us love Christ in His suffering humanity enough to take on voluntarily just a touch of suffering by sacrificing for them? Sacrifices come from those who enter into the suffering of the poor and who see in them the sufferings of Christ. Sacrifices come from those who have the vibrant faith it takes to let the love of God replace the love of self. ... How far are you willing to identify yourself with Christ? Why not completely--by identifying yourself with Him as He suffers today in the poor, the sick, the homeless of the world? Real faith is seeing our Lord become partaker of our human nature in all its bitterness, hunger, thirst--the whole mass of human sorrow.

—Edward T. O'Meara, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., March 3, 1967.

It seems as it was the plan of our Father to teach the people by experience the necessity of adopting the principle of self-sacrifice. There are many who have apparently received the gospel who overlook the principle of self-sacrifice and seek their own advantage in place of that of the community. There are certain principles that have to be incorporated within our comprehension. This is one that we have to learn. The Savior made it the cornerstone of our salvation.

—Karl G. Maeser, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 7, 1888.


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