Scripture: 1 John 4:7-16
Key verses: (7-12) Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10In 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. 11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Reflection: Parent-child love, sibling love, extended-family love, friendship love, and adversary love are some of the many types of love God shares with us. This Christmas, we remember Christ’s birth, as one sign of God’s ultimate love for us.
God is love, as the writer of 1 John tells us. God defines love; love does not define God. It is God that shows us how to love God, Christ, and each other. We are called to take this idea of love that God gave us, and share it with all. Praise God for this gift!
This Christmas, as we celebrate Christ’s coming into our world, let us remember and exhibit the love for one another that God, through Christ, models for us each and every day.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Prayer: Dear God, we thank you for the gift of love. Among the secular signs of this Christmas Day, help us to remember the love you share with us through Christ’s birth. Encourage us to love you and each other as you love us. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].