The greatest gift is love. “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1Corinthians 13:13(NLT)
Love is God’s why. We were created for His love. To bask and enjoy the awesome relationship with God. Living life in freedom, joy, peace, faith, power and love.
However, Satan in his quest for being a god, tried to foil God’s plan. He knew God’s love for us and wanted it for him. Satan likes to flip the script with things of God.
Without experiencing and believing God’s love for us, our life will always be sought seeking fulfillment with other things to try to replace God’s love in our hearts. Satan knew this would happen. So, he approached Eve with the plan for her to question God. She started using her fabulous mind – to think, feel and choose – to doubt God’s best for her.
And so, it starts – the fall of man. Fallen from the true purpose of our creation. Fallen away from the precious relationship with God. Fallen to our own devices, choices, consequences of those choices and the choices of others. Fallen from the divine, pure and true relationship with God.
Alas, God had a plan to redeem us back to Him. Starting with the Israelites exodus from Egypt into their promised land. Glimpses of Jesus interwoven in the stories of the Old Testament. God’s love evident in His patience with the Israelites. His love enduring throughout the trials, disobedience, exile and rotten kings.
God knew the futility of the laws, bylaws, regulations and sacrifices. He wanted them – and us – to see the self - centered role they play. Following the rules, sacrifices, bylaws and regulations is based on performance and work to get right with God. Not something that is done by the heart or with love. Love is the redemption code.
God knew He had a role to play in our recovery. God is the only way we can be retrieved back to Him. He had to become man.
Christmas day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We celebrate love. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
The greatest gift is Jesus. Born to die for us. Love. This free gift with no strings attached. Forgiveness of our sins. The ultimate sacrifice so we can get back to how God made us in the beginning – to be in right relationship with Him! There are no special prayers, rules, regulations, clothing, pilgrimages, work, performance, guilt and so on that we can do to get us right with God. It’s not about what we do it’s what Jesus did. Love makes us right.
We just need to believe. Believe in God’s love for us. Believe Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Believe we are worth it. Believe in love.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthian 13:4-7
Give the gift of love. Receive the gift of love. Jesus is love.
I pray you have a Merry Christmas. Experiencing and believing the love God has for you through His son Jesus.
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Christina Leeman MPH, writer and health educator, emboldens women to be the She Who Honors God with her all - body, thoughts, words, actions.
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