For God so loved!

(a message to remember)

We have been celebrating Christmas to acknowledge and celebrate the birth of our savior, messiah of the world Jesus Christ. The world celebrates this season in different ways like decorations, dinner, Santa clause, games, movies etc. but we can’t confine this season in these ways. All these things are way of acknowledging the birth of our savior. It is good to use various means to celebrate but we can’t forget the reason for the season and message of God to the world. Christmas is more than a holiday. It is not about where, with whom and how we celebrate. It is about the one we celebrate; the King of Glory humbling himself down to save the humanity. The eternal God lying in the manger.

The message of this season can be summed up in one verse found in the gospel according to John.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

John 3:16 speaks not only about the demonstration of love of God but also gives us the message that God wanted to give us. This verse compiles the gospel truth. Let us together look at the message through this verse.

  1. Message of Love:

For God so LOVED the world (John 3:16)

Message of Christmas is incomplete until we mention about the love of God for each one of us. God’s love was demonstrated in the manger and the cross for humankind. I don’t think that he needs to do anything else to demonstrate his love for us anymore. God loved the whole world. The greatest commandment speaks about the love.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40

The only thing we can do in response to all that God has done for us is to love God and his people.

We are secured in his love

His love for us will never fail. He will turn everything for the good. He is the lover of our soul. When no one knew us; he knew our innermost being. He loves us even after seeing the worst in us.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39

The love for God can change our lives as it helps us to live the life God has called us to live.

One thing that I would suggest my readers is that no matter whatever life throws at you; never grow cold in your love for God. Do not allow your fire to be turned off. Let that fire keep on burning more passionately in the worst days of your life. Everything else flows through the love that we carry for God.

The epistle of 1 Corinthians describes love in the best

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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

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