LOVE never fails.
Love knew we’d falter, hesitate and wonder if maybe God is holding out on us. Love knew we’d seek our own self-interest, but we are loved in spite of that.
That’s because Love knows no bounds. Love’s relentless devotion holds back waters, brings down walls, defeats giants, releases from captivity. It forgives, heals and restores. Love’s passionate pursuit of our heart led Jesus to leave Heaven’s perfection and wrap Himself in humanity. In love he chooses to walk alongside us once again, as He joins us in our earthly journey.
In the middle of our sometimes messy lives, love suffers long and is kind. Love rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
If you’re doing these devotionals with family or a friend, ask each member who is old enough to share one way they are experiencing God’s Love. Or, on your own, how is God showing you how much he loves you?
In the Bible, here’s how God’s Love is described: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
As you think about Love this final week of Advent, read one of these Scriptures each day and talk or think more about the kind of Love that Jesus brings to our lives. Ask God to help you show his kind of Love to someone every day this week. After you read each day, take a minute to pray around the table for one another that God’s Love will flow through you to each other and to those you know.
Luke 2:1-20 Song of Solomon 2:4 Psalm 18:4-19
Psalm 136 1 Corinthians 13
Matthew 5:46-48 1 John 4:7-12
Take a few minutes at the end of each day this week to tell your family or a friend how God used you to express his love to someone that day.
Pray for the ones you have invited to a Christmas Eve service tonight that their hearts will be prepared to hear the good news of God’s Love revealed in Jesus.
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