I John 4:7-16 —

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.  God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.  By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world.  God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.  So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.


from Del Parris, Central Christian Church, Clarksburg

The verses in this passage that scream Advent are verses 9 and 10.  No joke, God really does love us.  His love is evident and manifest in the arrival of his only Son.  Frequently I pause to realize how great God’s love is and how much trouble God went to in order that we might experience his love; however, I also realize how little I allow that love to affect me, to change me.  John asserts that if we are of God we will be changed by that love.  We cannot be the same and we cannot treat others the same.  If you hold a radioactive rock you will become radioactive, and you will radiate those around you.  If you hold Christ in your heart you will become love and those around you will feel the love.  So this Advent I will be exploring just how I experience this great love of God and just how it is flowing out of me into the lives that I touch.

Dear God, help me to open to your love for me today;

then help me to really love someone else.