“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. “
1 John 4:9-10 (NIV)
We are quickly approaching the end of Advent with Christmas Eve 2017 today. Over the last three weeks we have looked at hope, peace and joy, and today we focus on love.
What comes to mind when you hear the word love? Do you think of attributes of love including patience, kindness and selflessness (1 Corinthians 13)? Or maybe definitions come to mind like love is an action and not a feeling? Or perhaps you think of examples of how you display love to others through service, verbal praise or gifts?
As I’ve considered what I think love means, I’ve looked at how God loves us and what Jesus taught us about love:
- God’s love for us is lavish (1 John 3:1).
- His ultimate love for us came in the form of Jesus and is meant to save us (John 3:16, 1 John 4:9-10) and to comfort us (Psalm 119:76).
- To love others requires obedience and sacrifice (Matthew 22:37-39).
- Love is more than an action; it involves our attitude as well (1 Corinthians 13), and it requires humility (Philippians 2:3-4).
- God’s love is faithful and it endures forever (Psalm 118:1).
God’s love is for the lost, which includes all of us at some point in our lives. If you have not accepted God’s love yet, today is a perfect day to do it. It will be your best Christmas gift ever! If you have already accepted God’s love, it is also a great time to share that love with others!
How can you show love to others in your life?
As you prepare for Christmas day, let love be your greatest gift to others.
Currently my favorite television commercial is one for Microsoft that encourages us to be kind and make our world a better place. As you watch this commercial, look for all the ways that love is shown among a diverse group. It is really delightful!