John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
This Christmas season I’ve been reflecting on the words that we often see on Christmas cards…peace, hope, love and joy. This week my word has been love and I’m sure you know that this one is my favorite (smile).
When I became a mother for the first time, I could not believe the immediate, overwhelming feeling of love I had for my son. I knew I would love my child, but I really had no comprehension for the intensity of that love. I couldn’t imagine loving anything or anyone more than I loved him. Of course I loved my husband and my family, but this was a love I had not experienced before and it was very powerful. So much so, that I couldn’t imagine being able to love another child as much as I loved him. It just didn’t seem physically possible to me. I was actually really concerned about it when I learned I was pregnant with my daughter. Could I possibly love her as much as I loved him? The answer is yes. I don’t know how it is possible, but my heart just expanded to depths I didn’t know were possible. I did indeed love her every bit as much as I loved him. To me, it really is quite the miracle that we have the capacity for this much love. And it’s beautiful because to me it is a picture of how God must love all of us. We are all His children so just imagine how big His heart is for us. My mind just can’t comprehend it!
As I prepare for all the festivities of Christmas, I try to remember why Jesus came to earth…because God so loved the world. Love. God is love and to me Jesus is the greatest example for us of that love. Jesus showed us what love looks like. He didn’t let anything stop him from loving others, and he commanded us to do the same. It’s not easy. Love is easy, hard, and messy all at the same time, but it is so important. This article posted on Un*Lost shows us how important it really is to human beings. Science has shown that the need to be loved could be considered one of our most basic and fundamental needs. Science also shows that we have a parallel need to love and care for others.
I really like this quote by Liam Neeson. As we celebrate Christmas with friends and family, let’s remember that there are some who have been abandoned by their loved ones. There are some that have been told they can’t love or be loved. Lets change that. Lets be Jesus to others. Lets love beyond our capacity because that is when God shows up. Lets love one another as He has loved us.
Because love matters…