12This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. 13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
Nate was a missionary aviator in Ecuador who constantly put his life on the line as he flew in and out of the jungles of Ecuador serving missionaries on the field. For Nate it was simple, “God Himself set the pattern,” he said, “and if He did not hold back His own Son, why should we hold back our own little lives for the sake of security?"
A Chinese Christian soldier gives up his life for his fellow soldier, displaying a love that made the fellow officer cry.
Gladys and a convert of hers were about to be discovered by enemy soldiers while rescuing orphans during the Japanese invasion when the convert ran in the opposite direction, drawing attention to himself so Gladys and the kids could escape. He laid down his life for them.
Both Gerry and Dave speak about laying down their lives for others and they followed the command to the letter. They felt the conviction to be an open community, showing love to those around them by not hiding behind security fences. God gave them the grace to carry it through.
Three little children were missing on a cold autumn night. The eldest one, merely six years old, removed most of her clothes to cover her two siblings. She was dead from hypothermia when they were found, having sacrificed her clothes for her siblings, who were alive and safe.