I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other. —John 13:34-35 (CEB)
This is the final week of Advent, and as you can see, our theme for this week is love! What does it mean to show love to someone?
Because the Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and He loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt. —Deuteronomy 10:17-19 (CEB)
According to these verses, is love more of an emotional attachment or is it more of an action?
It’s more of an action, right? The verse from John tells us to love others the way Jesus loved them. The verse from Deuteronomy tells us that it’s important to God to see justice done for widows and orphans, and that He shows love to immigrants by providing them with food and clothing.
Love isn’t a word we say. It isn’t the butterfly feeling in your stomach when you see a cute boy. Love is a strong emotion that motivates us to act in ways that benefit people other than ourselves. It’s the kind of love Jesus showed, and as Christians, that’s what our lives should be about all year, not just at Christmas.
We’ve covered the most common themes of Advent in these articles: hope, peace, joy and love. Some other Advent themes include:
- Expectation, preparation, repentance and rejoice
- Expectation, annunciation, proclamation and fulfillment
There are many different weekly topics that people focus on during Advent, but one thing that should be common in every Advent celebration is the lighting of the Christ candle on Christmas Eve (or at your Christmas Eve service, if your church is celebrating Advent). That’s a time to focus solely on the person of Jesus Christ and let His beauty touch your heart in a fresh way.
Merry Christmas, girls!
For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, “You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.” —Deuteronomy 15:11 (CEB)
Girls, what are some ways that Jesus showed love to people? How are you planning to show love to others in the coming year?
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