Christmas is a time for remembering. We remember a young virgin, hardly more than a child, who abandoned herself to the Lord to bear His Son before she was even married. We remember her young fiancée who obediently married her, even though he could hardly understand what was going on. We remember the Child born in a stable. We remember the angels visiting shepherds in the field. All of these images flood our hearts and minds with cherished memories. I would like to propose one more very important thing that needs to be remembered at Christmas time.
Recently the Lord has been speaking to me quite a bit about walking in love. I am quickly learning that there is a lot more to it than one might think. This is something the Lord recently shared with me one morning as I sat with Him.
“Love is not always as easy as one might think at first. It has to make some tough decisions and then have the necessary courage to follow through. Yet love is the only way to stay close to Me. I AM love, and when you live in true love you are more like Me than at any other time.”
The more I read the New Testament and listen to the Lord, the more I realize that walking in love is one of the surest signs that we are really living in the Reign. What do you think?
Love can only be understood by looking at God. Only those who truly know Him truly know anything about love because He is its Originator and its Ultimate Manifestation.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7 – 8 ESV
Love is that disposition of character that continually looks away from itself and intentionally wills and pursues the benefit of others.
Love is the foundation of all the other virtues.
Joy is the thrill of love as it invests itself in the lives of others.
Peace is love living harmoniously with all those around it.
Patience (longsuffering) is love’s endurance as it continues to extend good will under trying circumstances.
Kindness is love paying attention to the details so it can benefit others in particularly helpful ways.
Goodness is the character of love as it projects good will to everything around it.
Faithfulness is love’s commitment of fidelity to God and others. Love is not double-minded.
Meekness is love refusing to respond from a position of power. Love trusts in the power of the One to Whom it is surrendered.
Self-control is love refraining from promoting itself or seeking to use anyone or anything to its own advantage.
Love is the natural expression of living in the Reign.