|Somehow I got my signals crossed this year. I had the first candle representing peacewith the 4th and last designating love.So bear with me as I share my thoughts on what Christmas teaches us about how we are to love one another.
The season of Advent andScripture reminds us to Have HOPE https://www.bible.com/bible/111/JER.29.11.NIV , Share JOY https://biblehub.com/john/15-11.htm so that you can experience the PEACE that the angels promised the shepherds. https://biblehub.com/luke/2-14.htm Maybe I put Love last because of 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Tina Turner asked in her classic song, “What’s love got to do with it?” The bible answers this question with “it has everything to do with it.” Jesus in John 16;27 says, “No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” We celebrate Christmas because God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son. He came to redeem us so that we might have the opportunity to know real love. It is important to remember that if Easter doesn’t happen, there is no reason to celebrate Christmas as:
Oswald Chambers explains it this way. “The inner reality of redemption is that it creates all the time. And as redemption creates the life of God in us, it also creates the things which belong to that life. The only thing that can possibly satisfy the need is what created the need. This is the meaning of redemption— it creates and it satisfies our truest need to be in relationship with God.
He stands knocking on the the door of each of our hearts. (Revelation 3:30) He won’t barge in but waits for us to “ask Him in so that we can receive” (Matthew 7:7)
Tina Turner sings,
I’ve been taking on a new direction
But I have to say
I’ve been thinking about my own protection
It scares me to feel this way
Don’t be scared. Let Go and Let God. Only can we then experience the “wonders of His Love.” And when we do, love others as He loves us so they can experience the true spirit of the Season.
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