Advent: Love Candle

Love = Action

Ever notice there is more than one way of understanding love. For example love is used to express how much one enjoyed a certain food or drink. It is also used to say how much a person may have liked a particular movie. It is even used by car enthusiasts to indicate how important their vehicle is to them. So, a way of understanding love is in terms of pleasure or interest.

Love is also thought about in terms of feelings. It is used to share how much one person means to another. It is used by parents to express a deep affection for their children. People even use it to share their devotion towards their pets. So, in this case love can be defined as an emotion.

At this time of year we specifically remember love as it is shown to us in the form of the Christ child. In scripture love is not static it is equated to action. God shows us true love through the birth, the life, the death and the resurrection of His son. Love is the essence of the Christmas story.

“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” ‬‬1 John‬ ‭4:7-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? Bob Hope

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. Mother Teresa

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. Dale Evans Rogers

Jason Gray: With Every Act of Love