Monday, December 20, 2010

Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Monday, December 20th

Scripture: 1 John 3:16-18  

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Reflection: We have access to love and an understanding of what love is because of God in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the living demonstration of what love is, a model for us as to how to love. 

            Having Christ as a model, we know then how we are to respond: by sharing and showing that love with those around us. 

            But this call to respond to God’s love with love of our own is not just a suggestion.  It is the only appropriate response.

            This passage also highlights the truth that love is, in fact, a verb.  Love is about action.  As we have received God’s love we are commanded to share that love with others through how we act and interact with the world around us

Question:   How can you act out God’s love to those around you?

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