The second Sunday of Advent focuses on love. Love is such a big concept it can be hard to even get our minds around it. The gift God sent us that first Christmas was love, wrapped in the form of His son Jesus. Jesus coming into the world to sacrifice Himself for us is the purest form of love we will ever encounter.
We all know we overuse the word love. I love pizza. I love walking in the rain. I love…fill in the blank. Then we turn around and try to use this same word to describe some of the most important people in the world to us. No wonder love is confusing!
However, God is very straightforward about love, in fact I John 4:16 says God is love. Last week I talked about how God has poured out His love into our hearts. That is amazing if you think about it, because that means God has poured Himself into us. The tricky part is receiving this gift of love.
I really enjoy giving gifts at Christmas time. I have fun finding something special that I think the person will like. Then I wrap it up and give it to them. I would be really sad if they said, “no thanks,” and didn’t even unwrap the gift. You probably see where I’m going with this. This is what a lot of people end up doing with Jesus, God’s gift to us. He is there waiting to forgive them and fill them with love, and they say, “no thanks.”
Receiving a gift can be hard. We might not feel we deserve anything. We might be afraid of owing something in return. But when we say yes to God’s gift something wonderful happens. We are filled with His love and amazing grace.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” I John 4:7-9
I love Christmas music, so for each of these Advent posts I am going to be including a song. Click here to listen!