Advent is a time for love

I bet when you think – holiday- love, you would immediately think of Valentine’s Day?  I would submit to you that Christmas is the LOVE holiday.  Today in churches around the world Advent wreaths are being lit with the candles of joy, hope, peace and love.  The Christ candle will be lit on Christmas Eve.  Why love?  God sent Jesus to us to give us a way to restore our relationship with Him that was broken by Adam and Eve when they opened sin to the world by eating of the Tree of good and evil.  Sin creates a barrier that we cannot erase.  We cannot do enough good works to overcome it.  We cannot live perfect lives.  There was no way without Jesus for us to be restored into a relationship with God.   “God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16    God’s motivation for sending Jesus was and is rooted in LOVE.   God knew what awaited Jesus on earth.  He knew about the suffering and death on the cross, yet He sent him anyway.  That is how much He loved us.  Jesus also told us in John 15:13-14 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.”  

As we light the candle of LOVE today, let it seep into your heart.  Accept the love that Jesus has for you and then give it out to others.  This is the season of the greatest LOVE.  Thank you Jesus.

Love to you in the name of Christ,

Linda

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