Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Give the gift of LOVE
Today as I was sitting and meditating on what the Lord would have me to share in the form of a Christmas post I received a text from my dear friend Teresa McMillan. It was perfect timing and exactly what my heart was feeling at the moment. I have to tell you a little about Teresa, she does a really neat thing that may seem small in her eyes but is mighty in the sight of the Lord. What is it that she does? She sends out text messages, she chooses to daily use her texting powers for the good and for God. She sends out texts with scriptures and a few words that are uplifting, encouraging and at times convicting.
Today's text message was this: "Give the gift of LOVE!!! What does that look like? 1Cor 13:4 Love is PATIENT, love is KIND. It does not ENVY. Does not BOAST, it is not PROUD It is not RUDE, it is not SELF-SEEKING, it is not easily ANGERED, it keeps NO RECORD OF WRONG... GIVE the gift of LOVE"
What a powerful Christmas message as well as timely reminder of the entire meaning of Christmas: LOVE!
God's love for us was so great, so vast and so deep that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Love is not selfish it is freely giving and God showed us the prime example of the by freely giving his only begotten son Jesus. Jesus displayed the most unselfish act of love by freely giving of His life so that ours may be saved.
When we follow in the Lords example we freely give our lives to the one who first loved us. We commit to laying down our lives so He may live in us and by allowing Him to live in us we are a light to a dark and dying world. Matthew 5:13-16 says we are the salt of the earth, the light of the world and we are to let our lights so shine before men, that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven.
God IS love and we have the capacity to love only because He first loved us - 1 John 4:19.
The word of God tells us much about love such as we are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves and love each other; by this (love) everyone will know that we are His disciples.
This Christmas I've talked to many women who are heartbroken and dashed. This season has found many in hard times and many more feeling like they have nothing to give. I want to encourage you today if you have "Love" you have more than enough, if you have "Love" you have an abundance to give. Remember God IS Love, when you have Him you have the gift of love and Love is the gift that truly keeps on giving.
Love is reciprocal and the more we give love, the more it is given back to us.
Love is the most precious gift that we have ever been given or can give. As we look to the end of this year and the beginning of another I want to challenge each of you to unwrap your gift. Open the box and allow love to flow freely. Share it with everyone you meet. Love can be found in a simple smile, a sincere how are you and waiting to hear the answer, a compassionate hug, a word of hope. All around us there are people in desperate need of the gift that resides in us, the gift of Love, true love, the love of the Father. All around us there are people waiting for the gift of you.
Blessings until next time,