Advent of Love
Week 4

Every Christmas season, there is a plethora of cheesy romance movies that come out on television - and Netflix! They are all quite predictable and the ending is clear from the first five minutes of the film. Yet new movies are made year after year, with re-runs being played in-between, so people must be watching them! Perhaps it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Christmas - at its heart - is about love!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16, KJV) 

The Christmas season is about celebrating the birth of Christ - the manifestation of God’s love! God loves us and wants us to be with Him forever! Since Adam, sin has separated us from Him. There was only one possible sacrifice that could be made to rejoin us with Him. God’s love is the entire reason we celebrate Christmas! It's a sacrifice no other could make.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (John 13:34-35ESV)

In two of the ten commandments were are instructed to love. And, when questioned, Jesus acknowledges the importance of the commandments of love. It is our love for Christ, and therefore out love for others, that helps distinguish us as children of the Lord.

God was willing to sacrifice His Son. Jesus was willing to sacrifice His life. These choices were not made begrudgingly - they were made out of an abundance of love!

Jesus lived His life as a life of love. He showed love to the outcasts and sinners. His condemnation of the pharisees and other religious elite was done out of love, out of His desire for the truth of the scriptures to not be subverted. His life is the example we are all to follow! We are to live our lives with love! Love for everyone!

Christ is love! And so should we! The holiday time is always busy, but we should always take the time to show our love. Even as Jesus was being led off by soldiers, He showed His love by His actions - refusing violence and healing the injured. (Luke 22:49-51) During this final time of Advent, share your love with others! Celebrate the Hope of Advent, the Peace of Advent, the Joy of Advent, and the Love of Advent! Take time this week to meditate on, pray over, and reflected upon the Love of Advent. How can you continue to share you love in the coming New Year?


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