Sunday, December 20, 2015

Advent Reflection: Love


John 3:16-17 ~
 
For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
 
It's such a simple message: love.  And yet, that word can change the world.  It can turn broken lives around.  It can bring light to the darkness.
 
However, so many people still don't understand that love.  What they see is condemnation.  Pointing fingers.  Harshness and judgment.  I'm afraid that we've gotten things so mixed up as Christians to the point that we turn people off.  We get in the way of God's message of love.
 
So on this final Sunday of Advent, I have a few questions...
 
Do people see God's love in you?

Do you show love in your actions, attitudes and words?
 
Do you point the finger and condemn?
 
Can you love someone even when they believe differently?  Or do you have an agenda and if they don't change, you drop them?
 
Do you allow God and the Holy Spirit to work in another's life or do you think that's your job?
 
When was the last time you looked at someone through God's eyes?

Jesus didn't come to condemn.  He came to shed light into the darkness.  Are you doing the same this holiday?  Let's work at shining that love into a dark world.