Sunday, December 19, 2010

Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Sunday, December 19th

Scripture: John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Reflection: Any real and meaningful description of love, what it is and what it means has to begin with God.

            It is because God loves us that we exist.   It is because God loves us that we have any and all of the things that we have.  And it is because of love, God’s love for us that we have the opportunity to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and in that relationship to be reconciled to God. 

            Jesus, on the cross gave us the very picture and definition of what love is.  Love is a willingness to sacrifice.  Love is caring more about the other – what you love – more than you care about yourself.  Even to the point that your love may cause you to be reckless in that love for the other person. 

            Jesus has a reckless love for us – a love that led him to willingly lay down his life for ours, that we might have the full life in relationship with God that we were intended for.  Every effort of ours to show or demonstrate love is based on the love that we were first shown in and through Jesus Christ. 

Question: How have you responded to God’s love for you?

Have you ever shown reckless love for someone or thing?  

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