It’s that time to be merry and as we tear up our little friends [chicken, turkey or veggies], let’s ponder on this question this season and seasons to come:
As my child and representative on earth, is my love still challenging you to live for me?
The existence of the celebration of Christmas is all about the love of God for man, that He gave of Himself to humanity that we may live. The bedrock of Christmas is God’s love for us, but what does God’s love mean to us?
God’s show of His love for us, is not a bare minimum display. His love is felt today because He gave us the best of Himself, Christ, which begs the question: why should our response to His love be any less?
I love Paul’s words in 2 Corinthian 5 v 5 MSG;
If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do.
Does God’s love for us have the first and last word in everything we do?
It is very safe to settle with the perception that in God loving us as we are, it’s okay to show contempt for the riches of his kindness.
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Romans 2 v 4 NIV
I love the way The Message Bible puts a caption on Romans 2 as ‘God is Kind, but Not Soft’. God’s love is meant to challenge us to a radical change of the subjection to our will.
The premise of how to respond to God’s love is all summed up in John 14 v 15 MSG;
If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you.
So this Christmas as you celebrate with family and loved ones, let us take few moments to evaluate on the strength of how we have been responding to the unconditional love that God has shown us? Are we being challenged everyday by God’s love?
Can we beat our chests and proudly say: ‘God’s love has the first and last in everything I do?’
God loves us, unconditionally. May this season of celebration be one of transformation where His joy and peace compels us to respond to His love, accurately. Amen.
Merry Christmas, PT!
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